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1st Edition

Gender Politics in Transitional Justice

ISBN 9780415826341
Published September 2, 2013 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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


'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