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European Union Enlargement and Foreign Policy

Jean Monnet Chair, Milada Anna Vachudova, hosted two roundtables during fall 2016 as part of her EU Enlargement and Foreign Policy series.  The panels consisted of UNC graduate students and visiting scholars discussing current issues in the European Union.

Corruption and the Erosion of Democracy in Southeastern Europe
Friday, October 28 at 12pm   |   Video recording

Repayment as Repentance? The Price of Human Rights Abuses
Friday December 2 at 12pm   |   Video recording

In addition, we are very pleased that our guests also participated in a UNC Political Science Department Comparative Working Group Paper Workshop the evening before each roundtable.

For each workshop, one of our graduate students presented a paper along with two outside scholars:

Parties, Voters, and Corruption in the Balkans
4:30pm – 6:15pm Thursday, October 27, GEC 3009
Kiran Auerbach, Marko Klasnja and Dane Taleski

Reparations and Transitional Justice: Paying for the Past
4:30pm – 6:15pm Thursday, December 1, GEC 3009
Claire Greenstein, Kathy Powers and Jessie Hronesova


Please refer to the following resources for background information on European enlargement and foreign policy:

Panel 1

Panel 2

  • Websites and Organizations:
    • Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma
      • Information about the history and culture of German Sinti and Roma peoples (“gypsies”).
    • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
      • Information about human rights and national violence (Spanish)
    • International Center for Transitional Justice
      • ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights.
    • Transitional Justice Database Project
      • A global database of over 900 mechanisms of transitional justice to understand how they work (mechanisms include: trials, truth commissions, amnesties, reparations, and lustration policies).
    • Documenta
      • Contributes to the development of individual and social process of dealing with the past, in order to build a sustainable peace in Croatia and the region by collecting data, publishing research on war events, and monitoring war crimes trials at the local and regional level as a contribution to the improvement of court standards and practices in the war crimes trials.
    • The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
      • Provides negotiations, compensation, social services, and recovery of property and assets for surviving Holocaust victims across the world.  Also supports Holocaust education, documentation and research.
  • Articles:
    • Arthur, Paige. 2009. “How ‘Transitions’ Reshaped Human Rights: A Conceptual History of Transitional Justice.” Human Rights Quarterly 31: 321-367.
    • Backer, David. 2010. “Watching a Bargain Unravel? A Panel Study of Victims’ Attitudes about Transitional Justice in Cape Town, South Africa.” The International Journal of Transitional Justice 4: 443-456.
    • Lie, Tove Grete, Helga Malmin Binningsbø, and Scott Gates. 2007. “Post-Conflict Justice and Sustainable Peace.” Post-Conflict Transitions Working Paper No. 5., World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 4191.
    • Olsen, Tricia D., Leigh A. Payne and Andrew G. Reiter. 2010. “Transitional Justice in the World, 1970-2007: Insights from a New Dataset.” Journal of Peace Research 47 (6): 803-809.
    • Roht-Arriaza, Naomi. 2004. “Reparations Decisions and Dilemmas.” Hastings International & Comparative Law Review 27: 157-220.
    • Thoms, Oskar N.T., James Ron, and Roland Paris. 2008. “The Effects of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: A Summary of Empirical Research Findings and Implications for Analysts and Practitioners.” CIPS Working Paper.
  • Books: