2019: Margins of Accountability

The Margins of Accountability

26 March 2019

Tom Thomson Room, Hilton Hotel, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto

8:00-8:30 Arrival, registration


Welcome, introductions, overview

Megan Bradley (McGill University) and Zinaida Miller (Seton Hall University)

8:45-10:15 Panel 1

Influences on Accountability: Focus on Time

Chair and discussant: Catherine Lu, McGill University
The Role of Time in Obfuscating the Criminality of Long-Term Atrocity
Randle DeFalco, University of Liverpool
The Timing of Accountability
Zinaida Miller, Seton Hall University
Heteronormativity and the Temporality of Transitional Justice
Pascha Bueno-Hansen, University of Delaware

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:00 Panel 2

Eluding Accountability: Disasters, Disease and Environmental Justice

Chair and discussant: Lou Pingeot, McGill University
“When the earth opened”: Responsibility and Accountability after Disasters –
Insights from Sierra Leone
Mohamed Sesay, McGill University and Megan Bradley, McGill University
Responsibility for Combatting Highly-Infectious Diseases
Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Pittsburgh
Frontline Communities: Environmental Justice and the Legacies of War at Home
Bronwyn Leebaw, University of California, Riverside

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Panel 3

Pursuing Accountability: Costs, Criminalization and Corruption

Chair and discussant: Mohamed Sesay, McGill University
The Limitations of Accountability: Potential Lessons from Anti-Corruption Efforts
Manuel Balán, McGill University
Building Peace by Building Prisons? International Penal Peacebuilding and Social
Order in Haiti
Lou Pingeot, McGill University

2:15-3:30 Panel 4

Broadening Accounts of Accountability (I): Struggles and Claims of
Indigenous Peoples

Chair and discussant: Randle DeFalco, University of Liverpool
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as
Transformative Justice?
Rosemary Nagy, Nipissing University
Decolonizing Self-Determination
Catherine Lu, McGill University

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-5:15 Panel 5 –

Broadening Accounts of Accountability (II): Migrants’ Claims and
Peoples’ Movements

Chair and discussant: Martha Balaguera, University of Toronto
International Justice and Global Migration
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple University
Justified Migrations from Central America: Asylum Caravans and Accountability
Noelle K. Brigden, Marquette University
“Peoples’ Tribunals” as Implicit Critique of the Limits of Dominant Modes
of Accountability: An Exploration
Frédéric Mégret, McGill University


Conclusions and discussion of publication plans
7:00 Workshop dinner

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