Transitional justice and peacebuilding
Enacting Global Transformation Initiative
advisory board member
Since 2016 I have been an active member of the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative, led and founded by Dr. Rama Mani, in collaboration with the Theatre for Transformation Academy and with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. The initiative aims to critically rethink existing power paradigms underlying the multiple crises the world is facing today, and to shape new paradigms based on the use of creative thinking, by bringing together scholars, policy makers, practitioners and the public
As a member, I have organised a joint documentary screening together with Elif Tibet at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. The screening included parts of my ethnographic documentary Somos on youth and peacebuilding in Colombia.
Progress Study on UNRes 2250 (2015)
I was invited to author an expert paper to contribute to the Progress Study on the UN Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security. Based on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia, this paper makes the case for better involvement of non-activist outcast youths in peacebuilding, and provides examples of successful strategies to do so.
Butti, E. (2018). Involving Non-Organised ‘Outcast’ Youths in Peacebuilding: Existing Challenges and Lessons Learned in the Colombian Case. A contribution to the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015).
In 2017 I have co-organised together with Daniel Franchinithe international conference 'Rethinking Transitional Justice: What Does It Mean Today?' which saw the participation of Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, as keynote speaker. The conference fostered reflection on how the concepts of 'transition' and 'justice' have changed since the beginning of this field of study to the present day. The project was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council Interdisciplinary Network Fund.
Oxford Transitional Justice Research
In 2015, as an intern for the Colombian Office of the International Center for Transitional Justice, I have conducted an independent research project on the inclusion of children's rights in the Colombian reparations programme established by the Victims' Law (Law 1448 of 2011). The project was based on detailed legal analysis and on over 20 semi-structured interviews with public officials, academics, NGO workers and activists. The report concluded that, while the law provides a detailed legal framework for the inclusion of children's rights, the level of implementation is insufficient, and details a number of reasons why this is so. The project was made possible thanks to an Economic and Social Research Council Internship Fund and to a Samuel Pisar Traveling Fellowship in Human Rights. If you are interested in reading the full project report, please get in touch.
The Unreal(istic) Rhetoric of Children’s Rights in Colombia’s Reparations Law. Oxford Human Rights Hub. 5 November 2015.