Launch of Transitional Justice Research Collaborative Data Project website

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On May 31, Prof. Leigh Payne, Dr. Francesca Lessa and Gabriel Pereira took part in the public launch of the website of the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative Data Project. The launch took place at the University of Minnesota Law School and was sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Human Rights Program and the Human Rights Center. is intended for scholars and practitioners who wish to examine the causes and impacts of mechanisms that address human rights violations. The Transitional Justice Research Collaborative website contains data on three primary transitional justice mechanisms—500+ human rights prosecutions, 40+ truth commissions, and 60+ amnesties—for 109 democratic transitions in 86 countries around the world from 1970-2012.

The dataset includes the most comprehensive single collection of information on these mechanisms for countries around the world. It was created through the support of the US National Science Foundation and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.