1st Edition

Transitional Justice in Aparadigmatic Contexts Accountability, Recognition, and Disruption

    250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the practical and theoretical opportunities as well as the challenges raised by the expansion of transitional justice into new and ‘aparadigmatic’ cases.

    The book defines transitional justice as the pursuit of accountability, recognition and/or disruption and applies an actor-centric analysis focusing on justice actors’ intentions of and responses to transitional justice. It offers a typology of different transitional justice contexts ranging from societies experiencing ongoing conflict to consolidated democracies, and includes chapters from all types of aparadigmatic contexts. This covers transitional justice in states with contested political authority, shared political authority, and consolidated political authority. The transitional justice initiatives explored by the wide range of contributors are those of Afghanistan, Belgium, France, Greenland/Denmark, Libya, Syria, Turkey/Kurdistan, UK/Iraq, US, and Yemen. Through these aparadigmatic case studies, the book develops a new framework that, appropriate to its expanding reach, allows us to understand the practice of transitional justice in a more context-sensitive, bottom-up, and actor-oriented way, which leaves room for the complexity and messiness of interventions on the ground.

    The book will appeal to scholars and practitioners in the broad field of transitional justice, as represented in law, criminology, politics, conflict studies and human rights.

    The Introduction, Chapter 8 and the Concluding Remarks of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Introduction: Transitional Justice in Aparadigmatic Contexts

    Tine Destrooper, Line Engbo Gissel and Kerstin Bree Carlson

    1. Diasporic and Domestic: Leveraging Criminal Accountability for Transitional Justice in the Middle East

    Noha Aboueldahab

    2. Overcoming the Justice Impasse in Syria

    Brigitte Herremans and Veronica Bellintani

    3. Imagining Transitional Justice in Turkey’s Ongoing Kurdish Conflict

    Nisan Alıcı

    4. Transitional Justice in Afghanistan: A Hegemonic Power Discourse

    Huma Saeed

    5. Unable to See the Forest for the Trees: Transitional Justice and the United States of America

    Brianne McGonigle Leyh

    6. Transitional Justice in the North Atlantic: The Greenland Reconciliation Commission and the Role of Political Authority

    Line Engbo Gissel

    7. Transitional Justice and the British Military in Iraq

    Thomas Obel Hanssen

    8. Divergent Ambitions: Bracketing the Disruptive Potential of Transitional Justice in Belgium

    Tine Destrooper

    9. Transitional Justice for European Terror Actors: Disrupting Europe’s Security/Rights Terror Law Impasse

    Kerstin Bree Carlson

    10. Addressing the Legacies of the Past: Historical Commissions in Consolidated Democracies

    Cira Pallí-Asperó

    11. Theorising Transitional Justice in Ongoing Conflict

    Stephen Winter

    Concluding Remarks

    Tine Destrooper and Par Engstrom


    Tine Destrooper is Associate Professor at the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, Belgium.

    Line Engbo Gissel is Associate Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark.

    Kerstin Bree Carlson is Associate Professor at Roskilde University and The American University of Paris.