Justice Now or Later? How Addressing Violence during War Shapes Post-conflict Justice

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Time: Tuesday, 18 October 2022 09:00-10:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Justice Now or Later? How Addressing Violence during War Shapes Post-conflict Justice
Scott Gates leading a panel discussion with Helga Malmin Binningsbø,Bård Brange and Cyanne E. Loyle. Photo: PRIO / Teuta Kukleci

​Welcome to a breakfast seminar that will look at transitional justice institutions adopted during war and how they shape institutions adopted after war.

​In 2016, Colombia established some of the most advanced and sophisticated transitional justice institutions to date. These institutions were not adopted in a political vacuum. Rather, they were the culmination of a patchwork of accountability and reconciliation laws dating two decades back in time.

In this seminar, we will first discuss patterns and effects of conflict-related trials, amnesties, truth commissions and reparation programs during war. Secondly, inspired by the case of Colombia, we will draw links between such policies adopted during war and the adoption of similar policies after war.

This breakfast seminar is based on the research project All is Fair in Law and War: Judicial Behavior in Conflict-affected Societies, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Taking advantage of systematic data collection and fieldwork in Colombia, Nepal, and Uganda enables us to analyze and answer a central research question: How does a government's during-conflict justice behavior influence the post-conflict peace?


  • Helga Malmin Binningsbø (PRIO): "During-Conflict Justice: Patterns and Short-Term Effects"
  • Bård Brange (PRIO): "Colombia: From Violence and Impunity to a Front-Runner for Justice?"
  • Cyanne E. Loyle (Pennsylvania State University and PRIO):  "Justice Now and Justice Later"
The seminar will be chaired by PRIO Research Professor Scott Gates.

A light breakfast will be served.