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Gender Politics in Transitional Justice

1st Edition

By Catherine O'Rourke


278 pages

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What role do transitional justice processes play in determining the gender outcomes of transitions from conflict and authoritarianism? What is the impact of transitional justice processes on the human rights of women in states emerging from political violence? Gender Politics in Transitional Justice argues that human rights outcomes for women are determined in the space between international law and local gender politics. The book draws on feminist political science to reveal the key gender dynamics that shape the strategies of local women’s movements in their engagement with transitional justice, and the ultimate success of those strategies, termed ‘the local fit’. Also drawing on feminist doctrinal scholarship in international law, ‘the international frame’ examines the role of international law in defining harms against women in transitional justice and in determining the ‘from’ and ‘to’ of transitions from conflict and authoritarianism. This book locates evolving state practice in gender and transitional justice over the past two decades within the context of the enhanced protection of women’s human rights under international law. Relying on original empirical and legal research in Chile, Northern Ireland and Colombia, the book speaks more broadly to the study of gender politics and international law in transitional justice.


'a book rich in detail, with concepts deftly threaded together via the insightful and measured writing style of the author.' - Gina Heathcote, SOAS, University of London, UK for Gender & Development

Table of Contents

Table of Cases; Part One: Introduction; Chapter One: Between International Law and Local Gender Politics: Women’s Human Rights in Transitional Justice; Chapter Two: Justice for What? recognizing a web of Gender-based harms against Women in Transitional Justice; Part Two: Justice Chapter Three: Defining ‘Justice’: Patterns in Human Rights Advocacy; Chapter Four: Criminal Accountability and Harms against Women; Part Three: Truth Chapter Five: Feminist Truth Strategies: Looking Backward, Moving Forward; Chapter Six: Global Standards, Local Truths: Harms Against Women in Truth Processes; Part Four: Reparations Chapter Seven: Women’s Movements Claiming Repair; Chapter Eight: Reparations in Transitional Justice and Harms Against Women; Part Five: Institutional Reform Chapter Nine: Women’s Movements Seeking Institutional Reform; Chapter Ten: Institutional Reform and Harms Against Women; Part Six: Conclusion Conclusion.

About the Author

Catherine O'Rourke is based at the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster

About the Series

Transitional Justice

The study of transitional justice has emerged as one of the most diverse and intellectual exciting developments in the social sciences in the last two decades. From its origins in human rights activism and comparative political science the field is increasingly characterised by its geographic and disciplinary breadth. Routledge’s Transitional Justice series publishes innovative work across a range of disciplines working on transitional justice related topics: including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, political science, development studies and international relations.

The series includes titles which address larger theoretical questions on transitional justice, including the intersection of notions such as justice, truth, accountability, impunity and the construction of transitional justice knowledge. It also contains critical and theoretically informed empirical work on the workings of institutions such as truth commissions, community based reconciliation, victim empowerment, ex-combatant demobilisation, or regional discussions on practical programmes in particular areas. Finally, the series covers the legal aspects of transitional justice; although, avoiding dry, overly technical or dull legal texts, it specialises in a style of legal scholarship that reflects the energy and vitality of this exciting field.

For further details on the series please contact the Series Editor.

Kieran McEvoy

Professor of Law and Transitional Justice

School of Law

Queens University Belfast


44 (0) 2890973873

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Gender & the Law
LAW / International
LAW / Remedies & Damages
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society