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Resistance and Transitional Justice

1st Edition

Edited by Briony Jones, Julie Bernath


164 pages

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Despite a more reflective concern over the past 20 years with marginalised voices, justice from below, power relations and the legitimacy of mechanisms and processes, scholarship on transitional justice has remained relatively silent on the question of ‘resistance’. In response, this book asks what can be learnt by engaging with resistance to transitional justice not just as a problem of process, but as a necessary element of transitional justice. Drawing on literatures about resistance from geography and anthropology, it is the social act of labelling resistance, along with its subjective nature, that is addressed here as part of the political, economic, social and cultural contexts in which transitional justice processes unfold. Working through three cases – Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi and Cambodia – each chapter of the book addresses a different form or meaning of resistance, from the vantage point of multiple actors. As such, each chapter adds a different element to an overall argument that disrupts the norm/deviancy dichotomy that has so far characterised the limited work on resistance and transitional justice. Together, the chapters of the book develop cross-cutting themes that elaborate an overall argument for considering resistance to transitional justice as a subjective element of a political process, rather than as a problem of implementation.

Table of Contents

1. Resistance and Transitional Justice

Briony Jones and Julie Bernath

I Côte d’Ivoire

2. Resistance to Transitional Justice in the Context of Political Violence in Côte d’Ivoire

Adou Djané Dit Fatogoma

3. Seeking a ‘Just Justice’: Discursive Strategies of Resistance in Côte d’Ivoire

Briony Jones

II Burundi

4. Between Resistance to and Compliance with Transitional Justice: the Case of Political Decision-makers in Burundi

Sandra Rubli

5. Civil Society Organisations and Transitional Justice in Burundi: When Making is Resisting

Gérard Birantamije

III Cambodia

6. Civil Society Organisations and Transitional Justice in Burundi: When Making is Resisting

Julie Bernath

7. Multivocal Resistance to Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Cambodia

Kosal Path

8. Concluding Reflections

Briony Jones and Julie Bernath

About the Editors

Briony Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Politics and International Studies department of the University of Warwick, UK and a senior researcher at swisspeace, an associate research institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Julie Bernath is a Senior Researcher and programme officer in the Dealing with the Past Program at swisspeace, an associate research institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society