EVENT | 18 Apr 2023

How people-centred transitional justice contributes to peace

Beyond box ticking

How people-centred transitional justice can contribute to sustainable peace How people-centred transitional justice can contribute to sustainable peace | PHOTO © SHUTTERSTOCK / Ground Picture

This in-person event will take place on 19 April at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin. It takes place following a two-day practitioners’ conference.


Please send us an e-mail if you would like to attend this event. Due to limited seating capacity we unfortunately cannot guarantee everyone a spot.

In the midst of accelerated geopolitical crises, the resurgence of violent conflicts and Germany’s so called “Zeitenwende”, the UN has called for a new “Agenda for Peace”. At the same time, politicians, experts and practitioners will meet at the SDG Summit in September 2023 to draw an interim conclusion about the progress and setbacks of the 2030 Agenda, including SDG 16+.

Envisioning – and realising – peace for future generations is not a box ticking exercise. Staying true to the transformative claim of the 2030 Agenda towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies requires a fundamental change in policy approaches. One such change is the shift to people-centred justice—a notion of justice that takes peoples’ diverse needs as starting point and broadens the justice agenda to overcome deep-rooted historical and structural inequalities. In a similar vein, recent thinking and practice on transitional justice has moved from a tool-box-like approach to placing localised, people-centred approaches at the centre stage of dealing with the past, peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.

This event asks how people-centred transitional justice can contribute to new ways of building sustainable peace. It takes place following a two-day practitioners’ conference that focuses on the transformative potential of transitional justice and aims to build on its key recommendations. A panel of national and international decision-makers and practitioners will explore lessons learned and challenges regarding the contribution of transitional justice to realising peaceful, just and inclusive societies. They will also discuss necessary changes in policy and practice at the local, national and international level.


17:00 – 17:15: Welcome remarks by Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation

17:15 – 17:45: Changing perspectives: Insights from the two-day practitioners’ conference

17:45 – 18:45: Panel discussion with

  • Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Fatou Baldeh, Executive Director, Women in Liberation and Leadership
  • Marcus Lenzen, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief, UN Peacebuilding Fund
  • Jehan Usop, Project Officer, Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc.

18:45 – 19:00: Discussion and Q&A with the audience

19:00: Reception

Beyond box ticking:
How people-centred transitional justice can contribute to sustainable peace

Wednesday, 19 April 2023
17:00 – 19:00 (followed by a reception)

Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH - Repräsentanz Berlin
Französische Straße 32
10117 Berlin