People in the Transitional Justice Network

Sabine Michalowski

ETJN RESEARCH CHAIR: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

Professor of law
Sabine Michalowski

  • Room: 5S.7.21
  • Telephone (external): (+44) 01206 872862
  • Telephone (internal): 2862
  • e-mail: smichal [at] essex.ac.uk
  • Departmental webpage

Sabine Michalowski joined the University of Essex in 2000. She holds a German law degree, a Diploma in Comparative Law from the University Paris II and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. She has carried out extensive research on sovereign debt, with a particular focus on Latin America, resulting in the book Unconstitutional Regimes and the Validity of Sovereign Debt: A Legal Perspective (Ashgate, Aldershot 2007) and articles on the relationship between social rights and sovereign debt (eg 'Sovereign Debt and Social Rights-Legal Reflections on a Difficult Relationship' (2008) 8 Human Rights Law Review 35-68). Building on this research, she is working on economic dimensions of transitional justice, in particular the link between transitional justice and sovereign debt (see 'Ius cogens, transitional justice and other trends of the debate on odious debts - A Response to the World Bank Discussion Paper on Odious Debts', 48(1) Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 2009 (co-authored with Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky), and transitional justice and corporate complicity.

Recent Publications in Transitional Justice or related fields;

Sabine Michalowski (editor), Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice, Routledge 2013 (forthcoming)

Sabine Michalowski, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky ‘Ius cogens, Transitional Justice and Other Trends of the Debate on Odious Debts: A Response to the World Bank Discussion Paper on Odious Debts’, 48(1) COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 61-120 (2009)

Hecht, Lisa; Michalowski, Sabine, The Economic and Social Dimensions of Transitional Justice, ETJN Concept Paper (2012), (published on the ETJN website)

Other work in Transitional Justice or related fields;
  • June 2013 – organisation of an expert workshop on the implications of the US Supreme Court decision in Kiobel for business and human rights and transitional justice.
  • May 2013 – The role of the private sector in the democratic transition: reflecting on the responsibility of economic actors and transitional justice in Tunisia, workshop organised by the UN OHCHR and the International Institute for Human Development (paper given as invited international expert).
  • September 2012 – Commerce, Crime and Conflict: Rule of Law Promotion and the Private Sector, Expert Conference Criminal Justice and Accountability in Arab Spring Processes, Cairo, (audience of regional politicians, academics and transitional justice practitioners), organised by the Centre for International Peace Operations (invited speaker).
  • Organisation of and teaching on First Essex Transitional Justice Network Summer School on Economic and Social Dimensions of Transitional Justice (September 2012, attended by a mix of policymakers, NGO practitioners, journalists and academics).
  • September 2012 – Organisation of international research seminar at Essex on ‘Conceptualising the economic and social dimensions of transitional justice’, funded by the British Academy).
    
  • ETJN EVENTS TIMELINE


    ETJN Annual Lecture 13 July 2017

    Yasmin Sooka : "Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its seventh annual lecture on 13 July 2017 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Yasmin Sooka, as our guest speaker.

    Yasmin will be giving a lecture entitled 'Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, please reserve your place by booking a free place via evenbrite. Any queries, please contact lawhrcevents@essex.ac.uk.



    ETJN Panel Discussion 08 June 2016: "The Role of third Party Actors in Transitional Justice"

    Armed conflicts and/or repression are often connected to a broad range of human rights violations. The State has the duty to respect, protect and fulfil its citizens’ rights, including the prevention of third party interference with the enjoyment of these rights. To the extent that third party actors, such as corporations, contribute to human rights violations during conflict or repression, it needs to be addressed what role they can play in the transition to peace and/or democracy. Questions to be discussed by the panellists include why it is important to involve third party actors in transitional justice processes; and what kind of involvement, eg criminal prosecutions, truthfinding or reparation, is most appropriate.

    Panelists include Catalina Diaz, Camilo Sánchez, Charles P. Abrahams, Prof. Sabine Michalowski, Prof. Sheldon Leader and Dr. Clara Sandoval.

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 10:00-12:00, at EBS.2.65, Colchester Campus, University of Essex.


    ETJN Annual Lecture 07 June 2016

    Catalina Diaz : "Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its sixth annual lecture on 07 June 2016 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Catalina Diaz, Director of the Transitional Justice Unit, Colombian Ministry of Justice, as our guest for this occasion.

    Catalina will be giving a lecture entitled 'Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, as capacity is limited, please reserve your place by sending an email to mkross@essex.ac.uk.


    Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity

    "Transitional Justice and Complicity in Argentina as part of Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity"

    Various

    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 14:00- 16:00, in room CB.14 in the Constable Building at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

    The seminar will start with an introduction to relevant art works by León Ferrari and Marisa Rueda by a member of ESCALA, followed by a talk by Professor Sabine Michalowski (Director of the ETJN) on transitional justice in Argentina and panel discussion with Professor Sheldon Leader (Director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project), Paula Fiorni (University of Essex, ISER), and Professor Michalowski on complicity and transitional justice.


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    ETJN 2014 Newsletter

    Seminar on Transitional Justice in Argentina attracts media attention

    From 6th to the 8th of November, Professor Sabine Michalowski, director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and Professor Sheldon Leader, director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, spoke at a seminar on ‘Accountability for Corporate Human Rights Violations in Dictatorships and Civil Conflicts: The Argentine Model in Comparative Perspective", held by the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford held on "future directions in corporate accountability". The seminar attracted media attention in Argentina where Pagina 2 reported on 16 November that:

    "Sheldon Leader and Sabine Michalowski of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project and the Essex Transitional Justice Network laid out the need to link the areas of Transitional Justice and corporate accountability. Michalowski presented an amicus curiae brief in a case of complicity of banks with the Argentine dictatorship. Leader stressed the responsibility of parent companies for acts of their subsidiaries and objected to the doctrine of separate corporate personality."