Humanity in Action Transitional Justice Simulation Game Goes to Libya

April 09, 2013 | arab spring, simulations

Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Leon Valentin Schettler presented the “Transitional Justice Reconciliation Talks” simulation game at a conference in Tripoli, Libya entitled “Transitional Justice: The Voice of Libyan Youth.” This simulation was developed by Humanity in Action Senior Fellows during the 2010 Fellowship in Berlin. Leon was invited to facilitate the game at the conference, which was translated into Arabic, to the conference participants. The conference was organized by “No Peace Without Justice” (NPWJ)

The two-day conference, which took place from March 16-17, was organized by NPWJ in collaboration with the Libyan Youth Union and support from the Embassy of The Netherlands in Libya. The conference was attended by a diverse group of young political activists in Tripoli, where they discussed issues of transitional justice within the Libyan context. The conference was part of a larger program by NPWJ in Libya, “Supporting Libya’s Democratic Transition Through Justice and Accountability.” 

The first day of the conference began with keynote speeches from Awad Oun, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sport, Bashir Alhosh, Head of the General National Congress’ Council for Youth and Sport and H.E. Antony Lansink, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Libya. After the opening words, Michael Gibb from Oxford University, gave a more detailed explanation of the idea of Transitional Justice while Marieke Wierda from the UN Mission to Lybia (UNMIL), gave concrete examples and suggestions as to how such concepts could be applied in the Libyan context. The day ended with Leon's presentation on the nature of Simulation Games, an introduction to the basic scenario of the transitional justice game and the outlining of the basic rules. 

The second and final day of the conference was dedicated to the Humanity in Action simulation game, in which participants had the opportunity to play the roles of negotiators, thus giving them a unique opportunity and exposure to the challenges presented by transitional justice. After the simulation game ended, both the participants and other members of the conference gave excellent feedback about having the chance of participating and observing the importance of these simulation games. Due to the games success and positive feedback, NPWJ is looking into using the simulation game in this summer’s Libyan Youth Conference, which will take place in southern Libya.
 
To download the “Transitional Justice Reconciliation Talks” simulation game, please click here.
 
To learn more about this conference and other projects from No Peace Without Justice, please visit www.npwj.org

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