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Transitional Justice
Theories, Mechanisms and Debates

ISBN 9781138794085
Published September 7, 2021 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

Transitional justice is the way societies that have experienced civil conflict or authoritarian rule and widespread violations of human rights deal with the experience. With its roots in law, transitional justice as an area of study crosses various fields in the social sciences. This book is written with this multi- and inter-disciplinary dynamic of the field in mind.

The book presents the broad scope of transitional justice studies through a focus on the theory, mechanisms and debates in the area, covering such topics as:

  • The origin, context and development of transitional justice
  • Victims, victimology and transitional justice
  • Prosecutions for abuses and gross violations of human rights
  • Truth commissions
  • Transitional justice and local justice
  • Gender, political economy and transitional justice
  • Apology, reconciliation and the politics of memory

Offering a discussion of the impact and outcomes of transitional justice, this approach provides valuable insight for those who seek both an introduction alongside relatively advanced engagement with the subject.

Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates is an important text for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students who take courses in transitional justice, human rights and criminal law, as well as a systematic reference text for researchers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1- Origin, Context and Development of Transitional Justice

Chapter 2 - Victims, Victimology and Transitional Justice

Chapter 3- Peace versus Justice and Rule of Law Debates in Transitions

Chapter 4- Prosecutions for Abuses and Gross Violations of Human Rights

Chapter 5- Truth Commissions

Chapter 6- Lustration and the Personnel Reform of the State

Chapter 7- Reparations

Chapter 8- Transitional Justice and Local Justice

Chapter 9: The Case for Judicial Accountability in Transitional Societies

Chapter 10- Gender and Transitional Justice

Chapter 11- Political Economy and Transitional Justice

Chapter 12- Apology, Reconciliation, and the Politics of Memory

Chapter 13: ‘Measuring’ Transitional Justice: Impacts and Outcomes

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Hakeem O. Yusuf is Professor in Global Law and Head of the Law School, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Hugo van der Merwe is the Director of Research, Knowledge and Learning at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice.