Transitional Justice in Kenya

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Date(s) - 16/01/2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chatham House



  • Professor Gabrielle Lynch, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Warwick
  • Dr L. Muthoni Wanyeki, Africa Director, Africa Regional Office, Open Society Foundations
  • Chair: Muluka Miti-Drummond, Deputy Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)


The violence and destruction that unfolded in Kenya in the wake of the 2007 presidential election was the worst the country had experienced since independence, with over 1,000 citizens killed and hundreds of thousands internally displaced. Two transitional justice mechanisms were deployed to examine a wide range of injustices since independence or to  investigate and prosecute those alleged to be most responsible for the post-election violence: a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) and international criminal proceedings at the International Criminal Court (ICC). While such mechanisms are an established response in circumstances of authoritarianism and conflict, transitional justice efforts in Kenya and elsewhere, have frequently fallen short of ambitious stated aims.

At the event, a panel will explore transitional justice mechanisms in Kenya and the shortcomings of their response to the 2007 crisis, exploring how the lessons from this experience can inform alternative responses in future. The event will also launch the book Performances of Injustice: The Politics of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Kenya.



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