CEURUS scholar wins Baltic Assembly Prize 2015

Press release

Outstanding study on the politics of transitional justice in the Baltic states received the 2015 Baltic Assembly Prize for Science

On 6 October 2015 the Joint Jury of the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, the Arts and Science decided to award this year’s prize for science to UT senior researcher and CEURUS associate scholar Eva-Clarita Pettai and Vello Pettai, UT Professor of Comparative Politics for their comparative study on “Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic States” (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

The book synthesises previous research on transitional justice and memory politics in the Baltic states with extensive study of empirical data from archival, legal, media resources and expert interviews conducted in the three countries. Specifically, the 370-page monograph covers topics such as criminal trials against ex-communist officials, lustration, property restitution, victim rehabilitation, victim compensation and remembrance practices. In addition, a separate chapter is devoted to international reverberations from these politics, both in Russia and in European institutions.

The Baltic Assembly Prize was established in 1993 with the aim to support outstanding achievements in literature, the arts and science and raise the level of literature, the arts and science in the Baltic States.

The award ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Session of the Baltic Assembly on 19 November 2015 in Vilnius.

Further information is available on the Baltic Assembly website.