Carla De Ycaza

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PhD Research Topic: 
Traditional and Modern Approaches to Post-Conflict Transitional Justice in Africa

Professor William Schabas

Academic Background

PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway
MA, Human Rights Studies, Columbia University
BA, Political Science and Classics, Vassar College

Research Interests: 
Transitional Justice, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Genocide Studies, Africa


  1. Perpetrators and Victims in the Context of Sub-Saharan Africa, Historical Justice and Memory: Questions of Rights and Accountability in Contemporary Society, Columbia University, New York, NY, December 5 – 7, 2013
  2. Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation, Lumen Christi Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law, August 5 – 9, 2013
  3. Memory and Memorialization in Eastern Africa, Local Memory, Global Ethics, Justice: The Politics of Historical Dialogue in Contemporary Society, Columbia University, New York, NY, December 11 – 14, 2012
  4. Human Rights, Justice and the Humanities, Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, June 6 – 9, 2012
  5. The Impact of Global and Local Responses to Transitional Justice in Africa: Assessing Key Actors, Institutions and Processes, International Relations and Foreign Policy, New York State Political Science Association, Wagner College, NY, April 20 – 21, 2012
  6. Violence and Reconciliation in Africa, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 12 – 15, 2012
  7. International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice in Africa, Human Rights in the Aftermath Symposium, Human Rights Initiative, University of California Davis, March 8, 2012
  8. Truth, Justice & Memory in Africa's Great Lakes: Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice, Memory & Movement After Mass Violence and Genocide, Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY, February 23 – 26, 2012
  9. Survival, Sustainable Humanitarian Relief and Development in East Africa, Human Rights & Social Justice, Women in Islam, New York, NY, February 15, 2012
  10. Violence, Memory, and Human Rights, Humanities Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, January 30 – February 1, 2012
  11. Whose Memories Count and at What Cost? Institute for African Transitional Justice, Kitgum, Uganda, November 20 – 27, 2011
  12. Traditional and Modern Methods of Conflict Resolution and Transitional Justice in Africa’s Great Lakes, Conflict & Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths & Realities, Montclair State University, Society of Research on African Cultures, Montclair, New Jersey, October 7 – 9, 2010
Relevant Experience: 
  • Assistant Program Director, Conflict Resolution, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • Lecturer, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
  • EditorDialogues on Historical Justice and Memory, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • Editor in Chief, Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law
  • Legal Officer, Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Rapporteur, Institute for African Transitional Justice
  • Africa and Publications Assistant, International Peace Institute
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • Program Officer, American Council on Africa
Scholarships and Awards: Pax Christi Young Adult Peacemaker Award, Genocide Studies Scholar, Institute for Genocide & Human Rights


  • De Ycaza, Carla. 'A Search for Truth: A Critical Analysis of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission,'Human Rights Review 14.3 (2013)
  • De Ycaza, Carla and Nicole Fox. 'Narratives of Mass Violence: Memory and Memorialization in Addressing Human Rights Violations in Rwanda and Uganda,' Societies Without Borders 8.3 (2013)
  • De Ycaza, Carla and William Schabas. 'Transitional Justice and the African Experience,' International Studies Review 13.3 (September 2011)
  • De Ycaza, Carla. 'Performative Functions of Genocide Trials in Rwanda: Reconciliation Through Restorative Justice?' African Journal of Conflict Resolution 10.3 (2010)
  • De Ycaza, Carla. 'Victor’s Justice in War Crimes Tribunals: A Study of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,' New York International Law Review 23 (2010)