1st Edition

Reconciliation, Transitional and Indigenous Justice

Edited By Krushil Watene, Eric Palmer Copyright 2020
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reconciliation, Transitional and Indigenous Justice presents fifteen reflections upon justice twenty years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa introduced a new paradigm for political reconciliation in settler and post-colonial societies.

    The volume considers processes of political reconciliation, appraising the results of South Africa's Commission, of the recently concluded Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and of the on-going process of the Waitangi Tribunal of Aotearoa New Zealand. Contributors discuss the separate politics of Indigenous resurgence, linguistic justice, environmental justice and law. Further contributors present a theoretical symposium focused on The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice, authored by Colleen Murphy, who provides a response to their comments. Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices from four regions of the world are represented in this critical assessment of the prospects for political reconciliation, for transitional justice and for alternative, nascent conceptions of just politics.

    Radically challenging assumptions concerning sovereignty and just process in the current context of settler-colonial states, Reconciliation, Transitional and Indigenous Justice will be of great interest to scholars of Ethics, Indigenous Studies, Transitional Justice and International Relations more broadly. With the addition of one chapter from The Round Table, the chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue in the Journal of Global Ethics.

    1. Introduction: new paths in reconciliation, transitional and Indigenous justice

    Eric Palmer and Krushil Watene

    Symposium: Colleen Murphy: The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice

    2. Capturing transitional justice: exploring Colleen Murphy’s The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice

    Margaret Urban Walker

    3. Justice in circumstances of transition: comments on Colleen Murphy’s theory of transitional justice as justice of a special type

    George Hull

    4. Ends and means of transitional justice

    Thaddeus Metz

    5. Transitional justice as a philosophical and practical challenge: critical notes on Colleen Murphy’s new theory of the ‘conceptual foundations of transitional justice’

    Sirkku K. Hellsten

    6. On theorizing transitional justice: responses to Walker, Hull, Metz and Hellsten

    Colleen Murphy

    Reconciliation, Resurgence and Indigenous Justice

    7. The truth and reconciliation commission in South Africa: perspectives and prospects

    N. Barney Pityana

    8. The ‘Unsettledness’ of Treaty Claim Settlements

    Margaret Kawharu

    9. Behind the smoke and mirrors of the Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement process in New Zealand: no prospect for justice and reconciliation for Maori without constitutional transformation

    Margaret Mutu

    10. Reconciliation and environmental justice

    Deborah McGregor

    11. Storied with land: ‘transitional justice’ on Indigenous lands

    Esme G. Murdock

    12. Epistemic injustice in a settler nation: Canada’s history of erasing, silencing, marginalizing

    Christine M. Koggel

    13. Reconciliation: six reasons to worry

    Courtney Jung

    14. The moral fabric of linguicide: un-weaving trauma narratives and dependency relationships in Indigenous language reclamation

    Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner

    15. On resilient parasitisms, or why I’m skeptical of Indigenous/settler reconciliation

    Kyle Powys Whyte

    16. Let the names of justice multiply: transitions, retroactives, and transversals

    Peter Trnka

    17. Golden Eagle rising – reconciliation, Indigenous resurgence, and a new beginning

    Shain Niniwum Selapem Jackson


    Krushil Watene is Rutherford Discovery Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Associate Professor in Philosophy at Massey University, New Zealand.

    Eric Palmer is co-editor of the Journal of Global Ethics, President of the International Development Ethics Association and Professor of Philosophy at Allegheny College, USA.