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Transitional Justice Dilemmas – Download Free Educational Game

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Transitional Justice Dilemmas – Download Free Educational Game

The concept of transitional justice refers to the specific procedure of pursuing justice in emergency situations. Despite a large body of knowledge on this topic and enormous practical importance of the issues inherent in transitional justice, the discussions of moral and judiciary dilemmas concerning this field of law has been mostly limited to academic circles. Therefore, Associate Professor Igor Lyubashenko from our Faculty of Social Sciences in Warsaw, in collaboration with Pracownia Gier Szkoleniowych, has developed a free educational game “1984 + 20: Crossroads of Justice” to raise awareness of transitional justice issues among students and policy-makers.

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Justice in Crisis Situations

The practice of transitional justice pertains primarily to crisis situations, which are associated (or potentially can be associated) with political violence, such as: international and domestic armed conflicts, revolutions and uprisings, and systemic transitions. These situations are characterized by inability to redress the wrongs committed by the perpetrators of violence, in a manner resembling the "ordinary" course of justice, when we rely on clear legal solutions (e.g. penal codes) and well-functioning judicial systems.

The practical problems related to transitional justice are of great importance, however this area of law, and a large body of knowledge that has been accumulated on this topic, usually remain beyond the scope of interest among policy makers. The game “1984 + 20: Crossroads of Justice” has been developed to address this situation.

The free “print and play” game simulates key problems that legislators, who develop policies falling under the category of transitional justice, face, namely "the peace vs. justice" dilemma. Therefore, the game is an excellent starting point for introducing this subject to:

  1. Students of law, political science, international relations, and sociology (these programs usually include subjects focused on broadly understood conflicts, their resolution and management of consequences resulting from these conflicts)
  2. Decision-makers, who must face the consequences of crisis situations in which the above-mentioned dilemma manifests itself (in this case, the goal is to raise awareness of the complexity of transitional justice and encourage policy-makers to seek advice from experts).

The project was financed by SWPS University’s Institute of Social Sciences.

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The game has been developed for educational purposes. Please let us know if you decide to use the game in class – we are interested in your insights, comments, and suggestions for further improvements. Even if you do not have any comments, please let us know if you have used the game – it will help us assess the usefulness of this educational tool.

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Igor Lyubashenko

Igor Lyubashenko, Ph.D. – is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Warsaw of SWPS University. He is a political scientist, specializing in political development and transition, approaches of societies to reconciliation to the history of large-scale conflicts and violence, and methodology of qualitative research in social sciences, in particular, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), process-tracing, and complexity-informed research.

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