Parallel Session 4 | Reflect | 13 June 2018, 13.30h - 15.00h | Room 1.01

State of Transitional Justice in Africa- ‘Overpromised? Under delivered!’


Almost all African countries that experienced violent conflicts or authoritarian oppression have faced the challenge of addressing the demands of justice, peace and reconciliation in one form or another. There is an ongoing debate about the successes and/or failures of transitional justice processes and what accounts for such successes and/or failures, and a key priority for the continent remains as to how and what kind of transitional justice processes are appropriate to each context.

The African Union through its various organs and institutions is central to peace making, peace keeping and post conflict reconstruction initiatives in conflict situations, political instability and other instances where gross human rights violations have been or are being perpetrated. One of the most important developments towards the AU implementing its mandate under the Constitutive Act as part of its justice architecture is the development of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP). The AUTJP is conceived as a continental guideline for African Union (AU) Member States to develop their own context-specific comprehensive policies, strategies and programmes towards democratic and socio-economic transformation.

This session will also allow for a critical reflection on the state of transitional justice in Africa where the panelists will interrogate the particular transitional challenges and trends facing African countries drawing from practical experiences across Africa. The session will also create a space to explore new opportunities the AUTJP has to offer Africa by  building collaboration across different sectors to guide and strengthen the transitional justice policy and interventions of the AU.


Roundtable discussion: Inputs of 3 resource persons, which aims at provoking thinking and reflection on transitional justice processes in the African context and other parts of the world. This then further facilitates debate and input of the session participants.


  • Ambasssador Salah S. Hammad, Department of Political Affairs, by the African Union Commission
  • Gilbert Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Andrew Songa, Kenya Humans Rights Commision (KHRC), Kenya


  • Sufiya Bray, Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa


  • Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)