Call for Papers on "Transitional Justice & Reconciliation in the Arab Region"

Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) is a technical non-governmental regional organization, specialized in transferring knowledge, sharing experiences and building capacities in the field of democratic transition.


In the framework of its project on Transitional Justice in the Arab region, KADEM launches a call for papers on the subject of "Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in the Arab Region". This call for papers comes as an activity of the comprehensive project of KADEM which aims at stimulating methodological debate around the culture of non evasion of punishment, the establishment of democracy and the anchoring of civil peace and the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation as an efficient tool to re-establish the people's confidence in national governments institutions.


Other activities of the project include the establishment of an Arab Working Group for Transitional Justice (AWGTJ), the organization of trainings sessions on Transitional Justice for law practitioners and awareness raising conferences, the creation of an interactive virtual space on Transitional Justice in the Arab region ( and the publication of an annual Transitional Justice journal in the Arab region.


KADEM invites academicians, practitioners, civil society actors and law practitioners to send papers that examine Transitional Justice and Reconciliation relevant issues in the Arab Region that can focus on topics such as (but not limited to):


  • The definition of Transitional Justice in the Arab region (goals, policies, efficiency, perspectives) and its role in better promoting the civil peace.
  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation as a tool for democracy transition in the Arab region
  • International Criminal Justice Mechanisms and Transitional Justice in the Arab region
  • The Reconciliation civil edifice through the Transitional Justice process in the Arab region
  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation role in strengthening the reconstruction in post-conflict societies in the Arab region
  • Diverse experiences of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in the Arab region (best practices, failed experiences, national initiatives, Groups' initiatives, etc.)
  • Development and Transitional Justice in the Arab region


The papers will be presented during the next Arab Working Group on Transitional Justice Regional Conference with a possibility for publication. Submitted papers will be evaluated by a Jury composed of experts on Transitional Justice in the Arab Region (mainly from the AWGTJ) and selected papers will be awarded prizes of:


- 1st prize: $1500

- 2nd prize: $1000

- 3rd prize: $500

- The possibility of publication for all selected papers


The deadline for submission is 15 April 2010. Submissions will be done to the email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
. Participants to the Call will receive a confirmation of their submissions. Authors of selected papers will be notified by email in early May 2010.


Papers should be in the range of 10 to 15 pages in standard norms and written in Arabic, English or French. In addition to the papers, authors are invited to accompany their papers by an abstract and a CV, to the email mentioned earlier.


Further details on the project and on this current call for papers could be found on the project website:


Inquiries are also welcome on the same above mentioned email.


Salwa El Gantri (Ms.)
Program Officer
Al Kawakibi Transition Center
Program Coordinator
The Arab Institute for Human Rights - Tunisia

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Thank you very much for this interesting information. Aziz Chahir


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