New grant awarded to researchers at the Latin American Centre

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea and Francesca Lessa were successfully awarded a grant from the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account in February 2015 for their project on Operation Condor and accountability for transnational crimes in South America. The project will run for eight months (May to December 2015) and will bring together the Oxford researchers and local partners in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay for exchanges on the topic of accountability for transnational crimes, to debate and develop appropriate and effective public policies to redress crimes perpetrated by multiple states. Judiciaries across the world increasingly have to respond to transnational crimes, i.e. crimes perpetrated by complex criminal structures made up of multiple state and/or non-state actors. What challenges do judiciaries face when dealing with transnational crimes? What public policies may be needed? What forms of inter-judiciary, civil society and governmental cooperation underpin and increase the effectiveness of accountability efforts?

The proposed project addresses these policy-relevant questions by focusing on current judicial efforts, specifically the Operation Condor trial in Argentina, to redress the transnational crimes perpetrated jointly by military dictatorships in South America in the 1970s and 1980s. The Operation Condor trial is an excellent case study: it encompasses legal professionals, state and civil society actors and has required national as well as international forms of cooperation to facilitate the investigation of these complex offences.

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