IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016   

Conference Theme:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate


Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission


The Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission is concerned with the philosophy and practice of conflict transformation through reconciliation at various levels: personal, interpersonal, community, national and international contexts. Reconciliation is conceived as entailing interrelated dimensions of spiritual, psychological, social, political, legal, economic and ecological transformation. It requires commitment to an ongoing process of relationship transformation and support for structures that enable this transformation to be sustained. Reconciliation is therefore seen as integrally linked with peacebuilding and restorative justice.

The Commission is particularly concerned with exploring the role of reconciliation in dealing with the past and building peace for the future after mass violence and violations of human rights by autocratic regimes, including in the context of transitional justice mechanisms such as prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations and traditional community-based approaches to justice and reconciliation. Other contexts include national healing and reconciliation processes involving indigenous and settler populations in established democracies. Understanding different cultural perspectives and worldviews is considered essential for the study of reconciliation theory and its application in practice.

Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission Call for Papers

The Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission will hold a series of panels exploring the relationship between peace, development, transitional justice and reconciliation. We ask what role can transitional justice play in building peace and development? How can or should socioeconomic aspects be incorporated into transitional justice frameworks? What is the interplay between peace, development and reconciliation?

While it could be argued that there is a strong intuitive relationship between dealing with the memory of past atrocities and seeking justice, on the one hand, and developing conflict-devastated areas and rebuilding economies, on the other, these two discourses and fields of practice rarely interact. If anything, they are frequently conceived of as competing sets of claims on limited post-conflict resources. Yet, can either work in the long-term without the other? Post-conflict transformation demands attention to social justice (including but not limited to equitable economic development) in order to address the root causes and contribute to the long-term stability of countries recovering from mass violence such as Sierra Leone, the host of the IPRA conference in 2016.

The Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission particularly (but not exclusively) welcomes papers which grapple with questions such those below. The Commission is looking for both theoretical studies and those grounded in empirical case studies.

  • What is the relationship between transitional justice and development? In what ways are these discourses complementary or competing?
  • What is the role of development in peace and reconciliation processes?
  • Can and should reparations initiatives include development projects, such as rebuilding infrastructure or livelihoods training?
  • What are the implications of broadening the transitional justice endeavour to include socioeconomic rights, environmental justice and sustainable development?
  • What are the impacts of relationships of power in a globalised world on reconciliation and transitional justice?
  • What is the role of political transition in seeking justice and reconciliation?
  • What has been the contribution of the various transitional justice mechanisms and reconciliation processes in Sierra Leone to building long-term peace and stability?


Three types of submissions will be considered: abstracts, individual papers, and panel discussions. Where appropriate, submissions should be written according to a scholarly style manual. The same submission should not be submitted to more than one Commission. Any double submission will be automatically removed from the system. In order to accommodate audio-visual needs, please indicate specific equipment needs during the submission process. Please make the request only if necessary. Student papers should be clearly identified in the header. All submissions should be completed by uploading your completed form into the central submission database on the IPRA 2016 Conference web site. Abstracts or panel proposals should be included in the Application Form but completed papers should be sent as attachments at least two months before the conference. To ensure blind review, ALL NAMES MUST BE REMOVED from the abstracts or panel proposals before they are uploaded in the application form. Any abstract or panel proposal with names or affiliations of the author(s) will be removed from the review process.

For specific details regarding types of submissions see below:


Abstract should include a title and should be between 300-500 words addressing the purpose of the research, the goals, methods, and the type of data.


Proposals for panel discussions should include the title of the submission, description of the panel and how it will be conducted, presenters’ names and institutional affiliations, and a 1-2 page panel rationale which explains the justification for the panel. Please also include abstracts from the individual contributors to the panel. Preference will be given to proposals featuring participants from different institutions.


Completed paper submissions due two months before the conference should include a title and a 100-150 word abstract.

For more information about IPRA, the 2016 conference, or to submit an application form, abstract or proposal, go to www.ipra2016.org or http://iprapeace.org/





  • Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
  • Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL 



  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
  • Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK