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The critical relationship between archives and Transitional Justice: Lessons learned from Chile

March 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: via Zoom, NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland

Speaker(s): Dr Anita Ferrara

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The talk, through the case study of Chile, will discuss the critical relationship between Archives, Human Rights and Transitional Justice. In post-Pinochet Chile, Human Rights Archives have proven crucial in the development of later transitional justice mechanisms. Truth commissions have, in turn, created their own archives, which have strongly contributed to later processes of reparation, justice and memory.

The talk will examine how a combination of several factors and the intervention of different actors activated human rights and truth commissions’ archives over a transitional period lasting 30 years.


This is one of a series of events in Whitaker Webinars. Dr Anita Ferrara will be representing the Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Cluster.

Dr Anita Ferrara is a lecturer in Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She completed her PhD in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2012. She is the author of the book, Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions: the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective, published in English by Routledge and in Spanish by the University Alberto Hurtado.  Before her academic career, Anita worked for United Nations Agencies and NGOs in the field of human rights. Her research interests include transitional justice, truth commissions, memory and law, with a particular focus on the Latin American Region.