Book Launch: The Kenyan TJRC, with Ron Slye in conversation with Dave Danielson
Join us for the launch of Seattle University law professor Ronald C. Slye's book, The Kenyan TJRC: An Outsider's View from the Inside. Slye will discuss his incisive history of the Kenyan Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission with store owner Dave Danielson on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30pm. Both men have spent time in Africa focusing on human rights.
Between 1963 and 2008 Kenya experienced systematic atrocities, economic crimes, ethnic violence, and the illegal taking of land. To come to terms with these historical injustices and gross violations of human rights, the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) was established. From the perspective of an insider and academic expert, The Kenyan TJRC: An Outsider's View from the Inside reveals for the first time the debates and decisions made within the Commission, including how the Kenyan Commission became the first such commission to recommend that its Chair be prosecuted for gross violations of human rights. This book is one of the few insider accounts of a truth commission, and one of the few that reflects on the limitations and opportunities of such a commission. The Kenyan TJRC provides lessons and recommendations to those interested in addressing historical injustices through a truth commission process.
'The Kenyan TJRC provides the fascinating, definitive history of the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that Kenya's own government sought to suppress. Unlike any other text, Slye offers an equally unforgettable human story about how a courageous outsider fought to keep a process fair, so that even a deeply flawed human rights institution could make a difference.' - Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School, Former Legal Adviser and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, US Department of State
Ronald C. Slye is Professor of Law at Seattle University, School of Law. He was one of three international Commissioners on the Kenyan TJRC and in addition to his teaching and writing in the area, he was a consultant to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was co-recipient of the Trial Lawyers of the Year Award for human rights litigation in the US in 1995 and is co-author of International Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (2010), one of the leading casebooks on international criminal law in the US market.