Mission and History


The TJC strengthens justice processes for victims and survivors of atrocity crimes in national jurisdictions.


Since 2014, Maxine Marcus has been working to provide respectful support to national practitioners in their own jurisdictions seeking specifically to meet their technical needs in investigation, preparation and prosecution of cases involving conflict-related sexual violence and other international crimes within their own countries’ courts. Kathy Roberts joined this work at the end of 2015. 

In 2017, Marcus and Roberts started using the name “Transitional Justice Clinic” for shared projects in support of this mission. In 2019, they established Marcus & Roberts, LLP, a California law firm, with the Transitional Justice Clinic as its project.

Marcus and Roberts have conducted sustained horizontal mentoring of local practitioners through consecutive missions in Guatemala, Kosovo, Kenya, the Philippines, and limited missions in Tunisia, Guinea, and South Korea. These missions have demonstrated the broad applicability of the project and the critical need for it in each of these locations. 

This work was made possible by the support of international institutions and partners such as UN Women, the Institute for International Criminal Investigations, the Center for Justice & Accountability, Avocats Sans Frontières Canada (ASFC), Justice Rapid Response, No Peace Without Justice, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.