TIMEP Announces Launch of Transitional Justice Project

05/16/2016 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the launch of its Transitional Justice Project (TJP), an innovative, timely initiative that addresses crucial issues at the heart of political transitions across the Middle East.

Despite significant grievances emerging from periods of conflict and repression across the Arab world since the 2011 uprisings, governments have been hesitant or incapable of implementing transitional justice measures in spite of a demonstrated need for such actions.

Herein comes the Transitional Justice Project (TJP), an initiative founded by Non-Resident Fellow Mai El-Sadany and supported by TIMEP staff. TJP enables a much-needed dialogue on the definition and role of transitional justice in the Arab world, the way that transitional justice policies may manifest themselves, the current and previously attempted mechanisms of transitional justice in the region, and the willingness of the society, state, and international community to see such policies through to fruition. Beginning with the case study of Egypt, TJP addresses a scenario in which the need for and failure to provide transitional justice policies has been compounded by subsequent periods of conflict and repression. TJP will eventually expand to spotlight other case studies in the region.

TJP will launch in four distinct phases meant to echo the various mechanisms of transitional justice: (1) Trials, (2) Truth Commissions and Fact-Finding Committees, (3) Reparations, Memorialization, and Education Efforts, and (4) Security Sector Reform. Today, TIMEP is launching the first phase of the project, which features the Court Case Spotlightan ever-expanding, interactive tool tracking the capacity and capability of the judiciary by highlighting over 50 representative cases in the Egyptian judiciary.

Ultimately, the purpose of any transitional justice policy is to achieve justice both during and following periods of conflict and repression. The objective of TJP is thus to begin this distinct, fluid, and experimental process in the immediate time and via academic, analytical, and policy-based discussions.

TJP joins the ranks of other TIMEP projects such as Egypt Security Watch, the Legislation Tracker, and Eshhad, which follow a similarly systematic approach of documentation, tracking, and trend analysis, addressing the need for both qualitative and quantitative understandings of the region’s ongoing events.

For more information on TJP’s methodology, vision, and future plans, please visit its website at https://timep.org/transitional-justice-project/.

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The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of democratic transitions in the Middle East through analysis, advocacy, and action.