Straus FEllow

Academic Year 2012-2013

Adam BeckerRuti Teitel

Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, and Affiliated Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000) and many articles and book chapters on international and comparative law, often focusing on political transitions. Her latest work is Humanity’s Law (OUP, 2011).  She is founding co-chair of the ASIL Interest Group on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the International Law Association’s International Human Rights Law Committee.


Justice for the disappeared: legal or political?
The emergence of a right to
accountability in the Inter-American and European Courts of Human Rights

At Straus, I will be completing a new book on transitional justice, which considers the evolution of the field since my first work on the subject (Transitional Justice, Oxford University Press, 2000). In particular, I am examining the “legalization” of transitional justice through international criminal law as well as through the emergence of what one might call a “right to accountability” in the jurisprudence of regional human rights regimes in the Americas and Europe. These trends raise a number of issues, including the question of postponed transitional justice where accountability is imposed many years after regime change, the implications of extending responsibility to non-state actors, as well as how the engagement of international criminal processes prior to the end of conflict affects the longer term prospects for transitional justice.

As with my earlier book on transitional justice, my approach is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing on an increasing body of social science literature that is endeavoring to study the actual effects of transitional justice on the ground, as well as the jurisprudence of domestic, regional and international courts, tribunals and related bodies (such as human rights commissions).