About this website

The aim of the website is to provide systematic information on the transitional justice and historical memory field in Europe and to contribute to an increasing awareness and remembrance of the crimes of the past and to keep the memory alive. This project is funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación of the Spanish Government, CSO2011-15919-E.

The website has been mainly constructed as a result of the contribution of national experts to the project on "How the memory of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe is dealt with in the Member States", under the direction of professor Carlos Closa Montero. The following list includes the names and affiliations of each national expert:


Peter Utgaard, Professor of History at Cuyamaca College, el Cajon, California


Rudi Van Doorslaer, Director of the Ceges/Soma, Brussels


Iskra Baeva, Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of History of “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University.

Evgenia Kalinova, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria


Aristotle Constantinides, Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights at Department of Law, University of Cyprus

Czech Republic
and Slovakia

Nadya Nedelsky, Associate Professor in International Studies and Russian, Central, and Eastern European area studies at the Macalester Colleg


Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, Aarhus University, Aarhus


Vello Andres Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Government and Politics, Tartu University, Estonia;

Eva-Clarita Onken, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, Tartu University, Estonia.


Jukka Kekkonen, Professor in Legal History and Roman Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland. 


Yves Beigbeder, Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland (Rtd).


Jan Werner Müller Professor of Political Sciences at the Politics Department, Princeton University.

Edith Raim, Researcher at the Institute für Zeitgeschichte, München-Berlin.

Claus Leggewie, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Essen.


Stathis N. Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University


Renata Uitz, Associate Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law program and co-director of the clinical specialization at Central European University Legal Studies, Budapest.


Paolo Pezzino, Full Professor at the Department of History the University of Pisa.


Andrejs Plakans, Professor Emeritus at the Department of History, Iowa State University.


Dainius Zalimas, Head of the Department of International Law and European Law at Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Thomas Balkelis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin.

Violeta Davoliūtė, Project Director, Culture and Conflict Research Centre, Vilnius.


Paul Dostert, Directeur du Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance, Université du Luxembourg.


John Chircop, Senior Lecturer at the Department History, University of Malta.

The Netherlands

Peter Romijn, Head of Research and Deputy Director at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam.


Natalia Letki, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.


António Costa Pinto, Senior Fellow at Lisbon University's Social Science Institute and Professor of Modern European History and Politics at ISCTE, Lisbon.

Filipa Raimundo, Ph.D. Candidate, University Institute Florence.


Lavinia Stan, Professor in Political Science and Director of the Center for Post-Communist Studies at St. Francis University, Canada.


Joze Dezman, Director of the National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia.

Jernej Letnar Černič, European University Institute and Law Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Carlos Closa, Senior Researcher at the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain.


Jessica Almqvist, García-Pelayo Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales in Madrid.

UK and Ireland

Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law and Head of Law Department, Middlesex University.

Katherine Ward, Policy Assistant with the Participation and the Practice of Rights Project, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The website is hosted by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which is the largest public research body in Spain. It is an autonomous organisation depending on the Spanish Ministry of Economy. CSIC is dedicated to research in all scientific fields and is organised in centres along eight scientific disciplines. One of them, the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) is the largest research centre in Spain in its field with more than 700 employees. The CCHS’ Institute of Public Goods and Policies is focused upon the interaction between public goods and policies and the research efforts are structured along four main themes: research and innovation systems and policies; environmental economics; social policies and welfare state; and Europeanization, globalization and comparative analysis of political processes and policies.

For questions or comments regarding the content of the site, please contact Professor Carlos Closa or Patricio Galella.

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