No Transition, No Justice

How the Absence of Transitional Justice following the Civil War Has Led to Ongoing Racial Injustice in the United States

A two-part symposium addressing the lasting impact the absence of transitional justice in the United States is having on our justice system and institutions.

Part I: The African American Experience | September 18, 2020
Part II: The Native American Experience | 2021

Transitional justice is one of the most important tools societies emerging from conflict and repression can undertake as they come to terms with legacies of systematic and structural violations of human rights. Transitional justice processes may include truth-telling, accountability, and the award of reparations on the path toward justice and reconciliation. Although these processes have commonly been included as components of most recent peacebuilding efforts in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and other post-conflict contexts, the United States never undertook a transitional justice process following our Civil War, leaving truths untold and reconciliation unrealized.

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Symposium Co-Chairs


Professor Christie S. Warren  
Director, Center for Comparative Legal Studies & Post-Conflict Peacebuilding


Mechelle A. King, JD '21
William & Mary Law School

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