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Beyond Transitional Justice
Transformative Justice and the State of the Field (or non-field)

Edited By

Matthew Evans

ISBN 9780367770242
Published April 7, 2022 by Routledge
112 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Beyond Transitional Justice reflects upon the state of the field (or non-field) of transitional justice in the current conjuncture, as well as identifying new possibilities and challenges in the fields with which transitional justice overlaps (such as human rights, peacebuilding, and development).

Chapters intervene at the cutting edge of contemporary transitional justice research, addressing key theoretical and empirical questions and covering critical, international, interdisciplinary, theoretical, and practice-oriented content. In particular, the notion of transformative justice is discussed in light of the emerging scholarship defining and applying this concept as either an approach within or an alternative to transitional justice. The book considers the extent to which transformative justice as a concept adds value to scholarship on transitional justice and related areas and asks what the future might hold for this area as a field – or non-field.

A timely intervention, Beyond Transitional Justice is ideal reading for scholars and students in the fields of human rights, peace and conflict studies, international law, critical legal theory, development studies, criminology, and victimology.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


  1. In, Against, and Beyond Transitional Justice: Themes and dilemmas for the field (or non-field) Matthew Evans

  3. The Uses of Transitional Justice as a Field Maja Davidovic
  4. Crisis, Faith, and Transformation in Transitional Justice Dustin N. Sharp
  5. Beyond Disciplines, Beyond Fields, Beyond Transitional Justice Matthew Evans

  7. Foregrounding Transitional Justice Success through the Development of Thin Sympathy Joanna R. Quinn
  8. ‘Greening’ Transitional Justice? Rachel Killean and Lauren Dempster
  9. Transforming Experiences of Citizen Security? Dáire McGill
  10. What role for social scientific research in transformative justice? Eric Hoddy

  12. Transitional Justice: Understanding the field Christine Bell


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Matthew Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, and Visiting Researcher in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, York, UK. His research focuses upon human rights, especially socioeconomic rights, transformative justice, and the roles of social movements, non-governmental organisations, and trade unions in advocacy networks. He is the author of Transformative Justice: Remedying Human Rights Violations Beyond Transition (Routledge, 2018) and editor of Transitional and Transformative Justice: Critical and International Perspectives (Routledge, 2019).