1st Edition

Transitional Justice Theories, Mechanisms and Debates

Edited By Hakeem O. Yusuf, Hugo van der Merwe Copyright 2022
    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.