Transitional justice and displacement: lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan

Cartogram visualising data on origins of refugees and internally displaced persons. © Copyright Sasi Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).

Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 02 February 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Jacqueline Parry


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

Jacqueline Parry’s PhD thesis offers a study of the way transitional justice has engaged refugees, using two case studies – Liberia and Afghanistan.

The case studies allow Jacky to scrutinise the claims of the existing scholarship, and compare them with the lived experience of refugees. The interaction between transitional justice and refugees emerged as an active and multilayered site of conflict and negotiation.

Overall, Jacky’s findings suggest that transitional justice as conventionally understood is often ill equipped to support the justice outcomes that refugees seek.

Jacky proposes an alternate conception of transitional justice, based on refugee perspectives of harm, accountability and reparations, which more closely aligns with the justice outcomes refugees in Liberia and Afghanistan hoped to achieve.

In particular, Jacky suggests that repair of displacement may take place in the absence of physical return, and in forums other than those of legal, institutionalised transitional justice.

About the Speaker

Before joining RegNet, Jacky worked mainly in the fields of forced migration and human rights. Between 2007 and 2014 she completed assignments with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi and Afghanistan, in a range of different Protection roles. Prior to working for UNHCR, she worked as a migration agent in Sydney. Visit her RegNet profile for more details.

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