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Theorizing Transitional Justice

ISBN 9781138637610
Published December 2, 2016 by Routledge
276 Pages

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This book addresses the theoretical underpinnings of the field of transitional justice, something that has hitherto been lacking both in study and practice. With the common goal of clarifying some of the theoretical profiles of transitional justice strategies, the study is organized along crucial intersections evaluating aspects connected to the genealogy, the nature, the scope and the most appropriate methodology for the study of transitional justice. The chapters also take up normative and political considerations pertaining to specific transitional instruments such as war crime tribunals, truth commissions, administrative purges, reparations, and historical commissions. Bringing together some of the most original writings from established experts as well as from promising young scholars in the field, the collection will be an essential resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers in Law, Philosophy, Politics, and Sociology.



Claudio Corradetti is research and teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Corradetti holds a Doctorate in Political Theory from LUISS Rome, a Master of Philosophy from the University of London and a post-graduate Diploma in European Public Law from the European Group of Public Law, EPLO, Athens. He has been visiting at Cornell, Oxford, and the European University Institute, Florence. He was awarded a visiting research and teaching grant at McGill University, Montreal. He has published widely in books and international journals. Some of his most recent works include Corradetti, Claudio (2013). What does cultural difference require of human rights? In Cindy Holder & David A. Reidy (ed.), Human rights: the hard questions. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521176262. pp.136-150; C.Corradetti, (2013). Philosophical issues in transitional justice theory: a (provisional) balance. Politica e Società, Il Mulino, Bologna, pp. 185- 220. Nir Eisikovits received his Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from Boston University in 2005; prior to that he studied law in Tel Aviv. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Suffolk University in Boston where he co-founded and directs the Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy. He writes primarily on political reconciliation, transitional justice and the ethics of war. Eisikovits is author of Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Brill and Republic of Letters, 2009), as well as the forthcoming Kill Me Tomorrow: A Theory of Truces (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Recent articles include 'Asymmetrical Warfare and Conscientious Objection' in the International Journal of Applied Philosophy (with Evan Feinhauer), 'Peace versus Justice in Transitional Settings' in Politica e Societa and a thoroughly revised and updated entry on ’Transitional Justice’ in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Nir will serve as guest editor of a forthcoming issue of Theoria on the


’This volume is an excellent and intellectually challenging choice for anyone who is interested in probing the conceptual, normative, and theoretical underpinnings of transitional justice. The book pushes the boundaries of the field through its thoughtful critiques of given assumptions, by adding new perspectives, and by linking to strands of theory that have been neglected in transitional justice scholarship so far.’ Thomas Brudholm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark ’This diverse and philosophically rich collection brings together some of the most thoughtful and challenging voices in current debates. Theorizing Transitional Justice broadens and clarifies the concepts and structures underpinning policies of reconciliation and reckoning after conflict - connecting them to deep theories of justice and agency, as well as art and emotion. It will be immensely valuable to scholars and students, theorists and practitioners.’ Alice MacLachlan, York University, Canada ’Offers an exceptionally diverse array of normative theory and research relating to the evolving field of Transitional Justice.’ Ruti Teitel, New York Law School, USA