Marieke Wierda is a Dutch lawyer, born and raised in Yemen and educated in the UK and the US, and specialized in rule of law, international criminal law, and transitional justice. Currently she is the rule of law coordinator at the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, since 2015. Dr. Wierda has 20 years of experience in transitional justice, starting with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1997-2000), and then joining the International Center for Transitional Justice where she worked for a decade (2001-2011). She worked extensively on transitional justice in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. From 2007 she was appointed Criminal Justice Director and was based in Beirut (2007-2009) and Kabul (2009-2010). In 2011, she was an advisor to a UN Panel of Experts appointed by the Secretary General to advise on accountability for the final phases of the conflict in Sri Lanka. In October 2011, after the Revolution in Libya she joined the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) as the Transitional Justice Advisor. She is the author of many book chapters and articles on international criminal law and transitional justice, including a book on International Criminal Evidence, co-authored with Judge Richard May.  She completed her PhD with Prof. Carsten Stahn, on the Impact of the International Criminal Court in Situation Countries, including Uganda, Libya, Afghanistan and Colombia (Leiden University, 2019).

Marieke Wierda will participate in the World Justice Forum working session Examining the Contribution of Transitional Justice in Reducing the Justice Gap.