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Reconciliation and the Law in Post-Conflict Liberia: Between Law, Society and Healing

Saturday, June 9, 2007
9am – 5pm

Cecil B. Day Chapel 
The Carter Center

Following 14 years of destructive war, Liberia's government and people are striving to recreate a functioning justice system while at the same time addressing past crimes and seeking ways to heal the nation's wounds.  The success of both efforts will have significant implications for whether peace will hold in the long term. 
The Carter Center is currently working to support these efforts, working with the Ministry of Justice to strengthen the justice system, particularly in rural areas, and working also as a member of a coalition of Atlantans helping the Truth and Reconciliation Commission carry out its work in Diaspora.
In an effort to better understand what reconciliation and justice means for Liberians in the Diaspora and back home, the Carter Center is convening a day-long conversation on these issues, divided into two sessions.  In the morning, participants will discuss how the goals and mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can best be understood and implemented in the metro Atlanta context.  In the afternoon, participants will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Liberian justice system of the past and how a reformed system might best take into account the experiences and needs of all Liberians, particularly those in rural areas. 
Participants are being invited from a diverse representation of Liberian community leaders and members, as well as members of the Atlanta academic, legal, religious, and service communities.  Participants are welcome to attend either or both sessions as their time and interest permits.  Breakfast will be provided from 8.45am, and box lunches will be available at 12.30pm.  Please note that this meeting is by invitation only. An RSVP would be most appreciated to Rachel Brown at [email protected]