Interpeace official to speak on peace, justice and reconciliation after violent conflict
Simpson has done extensive work on democratization, state-building and transformation of social and state institutions within embryonic democracies, with particular emphasis on building accountable, integrated criminal justice systems.
He has also engaged in the development of victim empowerment and support services, including: setting up and running one of the first free psychological services for victims of violence in South Africa; substantial involvement in building a survivor support movement for victims of human rights violations; and evaluation of the feasibility of a national compensation fund for victims of violence in South Africa; and he has experience working on memorialization interventions including heritage and educational work on public sites of conscience, museum development, oral history programs and symbolic reparation interventions.
Simpson has a law degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was a co-founder and executive director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, South Africa, until 2005 when he was appointed director of country programs at the International Center for Transitional Justice (in New York City. In that capacity, he oversaw the organization’s work in more than 25 countries.. Thereafter, he was the director of thematic programs at the ICTJ for two years, and oversaw work on prosecutions, reparations, truth-seeking, security system reform, memorials, gender and a program on peace and justice.
Simpson also co-founded and now serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the international advisory board of the International Conflict Research Institute in Northern Ireland. He is an adjunct professor and has taught a postgraduate seminar on transitional justice at Columbia Law School since 2006. Simpson has published widely in books and journals covering a wide range of issues.