Ruben Carranza is currently director of the Reparative Justice Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). He has worked in over thirty countries in the global South emerging from armed conflict or dictatorships or addressing legacies of historical injustice. He works with governments, non-government organizations, international institutions and victims of human rights violations in designing and implementing transitional justice mechanisms, such as reparations programs, truth commissions, special courts, and reforms of institutions involved in human rights violations. His article “Plunder and Pain: Should Transitional Justice Engage with Corruption and Economic Crimes” in the International Journal of Transitional Justice is often cited as a resource among those working in the intersection of corruption and transitional justice. Among others, he wrote or co-wrote a report analyzing Nepal’s early attempt at reparations for victims of its armed conflict with Maoist rebels, and “More Than Words: Apologies as a Form of Reparation,” which looks at how apologies have shaped transitional justice in different contexts. He wrote the conclusions for the edited volume addressing “Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice” and recently contributed to an online symposium on the subject with “Transitional Justice, Corporate Responsibility and Learning from the Global South.”
Before joining ICTJ, he was Commissioner in the Philippine government commission from 2001-2004 seeking to hold the Marcos dictatorship accountable for corruption. He was a member of the UN Commission that drafted the 2005 UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). He also served as the Philippines’ Assistant Secretary of National Defense from 1998-2000. In 2005, he completed his Masters in Law (LLM) as a fellow in NYU Law School’s Global Public Service Law Program.
Teaching and Research Interests
Transitional justice and human rights in the global South; reparations; corruption and recovering ill-gotten assets; peace negotiations; social and economic rights; international criminal justice; memorialization and truthseeking; the Arab Spring; civilian control over military institutions; corporate accountability