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.
’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