The Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Initiative
THE GAL FOUNDATION, a long time supporter of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, established the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Program at the Law Faculty. It is the first academic program in Israel devoted to transitional justice research, teaching and partnering with practitioners and community outreach. Learn more about transitional justice.
The program hosts the Fried-Gal Colloquium chaired by Visiting Prof. Ruti Teitel, the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School and Visiting Prof. at the London School of Economics;
Workshops and study tours to internal (local) and international sites of past/current conflict, such as Rwanda, Northern Ireland and Cyprus; seminars, and also offers scholarships.
May 2017 Workshop and study tour in Cyprus
December 2016 Geoffrey Robertson QC delivered the keynote address at the Fried-GalTransitional Justice Colloquium, chaired by Prof. Ruti Teitel.
Prof. Yuval Shany, former Dean of the Law Faculty and head of the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Program introduced Sir Geoffrey, who spoke of his efforts to have the Armenian Genocide recognized by the world community, including the Human Rights Court, and read from his newest book, An Inconvenient Genocide. He recalled Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer of Polish-Jewish origin, who coined the term Genocide as "referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group".
The Turkish republic, acknowledges killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians; however Armenian organizations, as well as independent academic groups say at least 1.5 million died. Sir Geoffrey discussed the role of transitional justice, reparations and political interests which come to play in International Law.
Geoffrey Robertson QC, world-renowned human rights lawyer recently represented Armenia with barrister Amal Clooney at the European Court of Human Rights. He founded and jointly heads Doughty Street Chambers in London; he is a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London. Until 2007 he sat as an appeal judge at the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone.
- May 2016 Prof. Ruti Teitel chaired five fascinating sessions at the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Colloquium in Jerusalem. Dr. Pierre Hazan, Assoc. Prof. at Neuchatel Univ. and co-founder of Hirondelle and JusticeInfo launched the series with a timely discussion on "The Media - between Perpetrator and Victim" and shared his personal views on the politics of memorialization.
- December 2015 Luis Moreno Ocampo, former & first Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, taught jointly with Professor Ruti Teitel, the chair of the Fried-Gal Colloquium at TJ@HU. They addressed the issue of the ICC's role in transitional justice processes in the Middle East. Guest lectures, were Prof. Yuval Shani, Dean of the Law Faculty and Dr. Roy S.Schondorf, Israel's Deputy Attorney General (International Law).
- May 2015 The Fried-Gal Colloquium chaired by Prof Ruti Teitel hosted M. Cherif Bassiouni, Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University in Chicago. Frequently referred to as the father on International Criminal Law, he is linked to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which he championed. Prof. Bassiouni met with students and presented a lecture entitled “Reflections on Peace: But Where is Justice and Reconciliation?”
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