Currently, Dr. Burt’s research focuses on transitional justice, that is, the mechanisms different societies adopt to address the legacy of atrocity and impunity. Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Burt directed a research and advocacy project funded by the Latin America Program of Open Society Foundations to organize activities and conduct research on the Fujimori trial .To view Dr. Burt’s reports on the Fujimori trial, as well as other project materials, click here. She is currently preparing a book manuscript on the Fujimori trial.

Her current project focuses on domestic trials of state agents and others accused of committing or ordering human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Latin America. She is interested in understand the persistence of mechanisms of impunity in the region, local, national and international efforts to challenge impunity, and the social and political conflicts arising from efforts to criminally prosecute those accused of committing human rights violations in Latin America. She has conducted research on human rights trials in Argentina, Uruguay and Peru. During 2007-2009, Dr. Burt was a permanent international observer to the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). In April 2009, Fujimori was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Professor Burt’s current research project examines the broader process of criminal prosecutions of individuals accused of grave violations of human rights in Peru and the problem of access to justice for poor citizens affected by Peru’s internal armed conflict. One of the project's objectives it to construct a national data base of human rights trials in Peru. This project, which is being carried out in collaboration with Peru’s leading human rights organization, the National Human Rights Coordinator, has received support from the Otros Saberes Initiative of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and Open Society Foundations. A related project examining right to information and human rights prosecutions in Latin America is being undertaken in collaboration with Open Society Justice Initiative.

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