Most of us are familiar with the use of a truth and reconciliation commission in the context of South Africa and restorative justice. However, truth and reconciliation commissions have also been used to address conflicts in South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, England and the United States. A truth and reconciliation commission can empower crime victims, stimulate a healing process, and help rebuild a community or a nation in ways a traditional court proceeding cannot. What are the considerations in the use of a truth and reconciliation commission - what makes it effective, and what have been the lessons learned?
Larry Schooler will discuss his article, "Cycling Toward Health: Truth and Reconciliation for Athletes and Beyond," published in the Fall 2012 issue of ACResolution Magazine. He will also discuss processes used in public policy dispute resolution - a topic he will be presenting on at the 2013 ACR Conference -- and whether those processes could be effectively used by truth and reconciliation commissions.
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