SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Women’s access to transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict societies – A look into the experience of Timor-Leste

Noemi Perez Vasquez
Noemi Perez Vasquez (SOAS)

Date: 13 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 13 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Seminar


Based on in-depth interviews with 90 women in Timor-Leste, my presentation explores the transitional justice policies designed and implemented in a post-conflict society and answers the following research question: ‘What is the impact of the transitional justice laws and policies implemented for the protection of women’s rights? By uncovering women’s silences and raising their experiences in dealing with the law, policies and institutions concerning transitional justice mechanisms during a post-conflict situation, I explore the differences of access to justice between women and men, whether transitional justice facilitates women’s rights protection, and whether the proactive participation of international actors has been determinant in the protection of women’s rights in post-conflict societies. I argue that the diversity of power structures that come into play within the scope of the justice system during the reconstruction times created discrimination, including inadequate law and lack of protective measures, limiting therefore the access to justice of women.

Speaker Biography

Noemi Perez Vasquez is a human rights consultant and a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests are within the fields of transitional justice, women’s rights and the impact of international policies and norms. She has ten years of experience working mainly with the United Nations on issues of access to justice and human rights and has lived in many countries, including Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Timor-Leste, where she was a Visiting Researcher at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e. She holds a MSc in Comparative Politics from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Oslo, Norway.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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