Preventing human rights abuses remains a major concern for policymakers. Transitional justice policies, encompassing a range of measures including criminal prosecutions, reparations, truth commissions, vetting and lustration, have become a primary tool with which to prevent human rights violations and safeguard democracy. However, global evidence on their effectiveness remains mixed.
Chatham House welcomes Harvard Kennedy School Professor and author Dr Kathryn Sikkink for a discussion on the effectiveness of transitional justice policies, with particular focus the policies of lustration in Ukraine. Sharing legal and statistical findings on a range of lustration policies and their relevance to current cases of human rights violations, especially in Ukraine, but also for other cases, this discussion will explore the efficiency of the global transitional justice toolkit.
How effective are different transitional justice policies in defending human rights and democracy? What is their relevance for current cases of human rights abuses?