Re-Imagining Transitional Justice in Ukraine

April 12, 2024

Please join the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) for a full-day Symposium on "Re-imagining Transitional Justice in Ukraine" on Friday, April 12th, 2024, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Chicago, to reflect on the gendered dimensions of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and highlight ongoing accountability initiatives to address atrocity crimes against vulnerable groups, such as women and children. Additional topics covered will include gender justice and cultural genocide, intersectionality, the forcible transfer of children, Russian colonialism, and sexual violence as a weapon of war. We will begin the day with a screening of the Noble Women's Initiative's short documentary film, Oh, Sister!, and hear from experts across disciplines in three plenary sessions, along with a closing Keynote speaker. Illinois CLE will be provided. 

Flyer (pdf)  |  Agenda (pdf)

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Should you have any inquiries or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Taylor Hasson

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