Louis Bickford | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Louis Bickford

    Part-Time Faculty, International Affairs

    Ph.D., McGill University

    Louis Bickford, PhD, has been working in human rights and transitional justice since the mid-1990s when was a consultant in the human rights and democratic governance programs of the Ford Foundation's Santiago office. In 1996, he managed Ford's Historical Memory Initiative, examining collective memories of authoritarianism in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Since then, he has helped develop strategies for confronting the past through the transitional justice strategies (truth commissions, prosecutions, reparations) and the construction of memory in contexts as diverse as Bosnia, Cambodia, Colombia, Kosovo, Liberia, Morocco, and Peru, among others, working with human rights groups, governmental ministries, various non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, grassroots groups, and victims' associations. From 1999-2001, he was Associate Director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he managed the Legacies of Authoritarianism project. In 2001, he was a founding staff member of the International Center for Transitional Justice (www.ictj.org), where he managed the Center's global network of NGOs and individuals involved in transitional justice and oversaw fellowship programs in Cape Town; Santiago; Rabat; Tokyo and Hiroshima; and Barcelona, as well as developing training materials and capacity-building programs with a variety of international partners. He also created the Memory, Museums, and Memorials program (later the Truth and Memory unit). He has taught seminars on memory and human rights at the University of Chile Law School, Columbia University, New York University (where he is an adjunct professor), and the University of Hiroshima. He has written and lectured extensively on these subjects. As a consultant, he has worked, for example, for the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), working on truth-telling strategies for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for the Oak Foundation (Geneva), reviewing human rights programs.

    Courses Taught

    Human Rights and Transitional Justice