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School of Social Work's Distinguished Visiting Scholar Shares Experiences on 'Countries in Transition'

Alex Boraine, distinguished visiting professor at the School of Social Work, recently shared his experiences in helping guide "countries in transition" that have legacies of human rights abuses -- Sierra Leone, Peru, Morocco, East Timor, among others -- as they attempt to "come to terms with their pasts and build a bridge to the future." Boraine, president of The Tides Center/International Center for Transitional Justice and former deputy chairperson for the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Cape Town, South Africa, discussed his work in a presentation titled "Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Context." In addition, he talked about his own experiences in his native South Africa, the cathartic power of truth and reconciliation commissions, the need for accountability by the transgressors, the limits of the law and the impossibility of full justice in such situations.

Dr. Alex Boraine


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Production Number: 278
Shot: Mar 01, 2004
Published: Mar 30, 2004
Last modified:Mar 24, 2005