Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring

Edited by Kirsten J. Fisher, Robert Stewart

© 2014 – Routledge

244 pages

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About the Book

This book presents a varied and critical picture of how the Arab Spring demands a re-examination and re-conceptualization of issues of transitional justice. It demonstrates how unique features of this wave of revolutions and popular protests that have swept the Arab world since December 2010 give rise to distinctive concerns and problems relative to transitional justice. The contributors explore how these issues in turn add fresh perspective and nuance to the field more generally. In so doing, it explores fundamental questions of social justice, reconstruction and healing in the context of the Arab Spring.

Including the perspectives of academics and practitioners, Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring will be of considerable interest to those working on the politics of the Middle East, normative political theory, transitional justice, international law, international relations and human rights.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anthony Lang Jr. After the Arab Spring: A New Wave of Transitional Justice? Kirsten J. Fisher and Robert Stewart Part One: The Context and Getting Arab Spring Transitional Justice Right 1. The Arab World after the Popular Uprisings: A Spirit Restored? Bassel F. Salloukh 2. Building a Future, Exhuming the Past: The Struggles for Accountability in the Wake of Regional Uprisings Anne Massagee 3. Transitional Justice in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: Complexity and Standardization Habib Nassar 4. Difficult but Ultimately Rewarding: Lessons from Transitional Justice in Latin America Andrew G. Reiter 5. The Costs of Avoiding Transitional Justice: Lessons from Lebanon Ora Szekely 6. Risks and Rewards: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe’s Transitional Justice Experiences Klaus Bachmann, Robert Stewart and Kirsten J. Fisher Part Two: Issues Pertaining to Arab Spring Transitional Justice 7.Challenges of Representation and Inclusion: a Case study of Islamist Groups in Transitional Justice Line Khatib 8. Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring from a Gender Perspective Elham Manea 9. Egypt and the Struggle for Accountability and Justice Michael Wahid Hanna 10. Justice After the War: The ICC and Post-Gaddafi Libya Mark Kersten 11. Selectivity, Legitimacy and the Pursuit of Post-Arab Spring International Criminal Justice Kirsten J. Fisher 12. Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa: New Trajectories and Challenges for Transitional Justice? Hugo van der Merwe Index

About the Editors

Kirsten J. Fisher is a researcher at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa and an affiliated research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. She is the author of Moral Accountability and International Criminal Lawand Transitional Justice for Child Soldiers.

Robert Stewart is a researcher at McGill University’s Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, and has recently returned to his doctoral studies at the University of Exeter. His work focuses on Islamist groups and Islamist political parties, as well as on transitional justice in the Arab world.

About the Series

Transitional Justice

The study of transitional justice has emerged as one of the most diverse and intellectual exciting developments in the social sciences in the last two decades. From its origins in human rights activism and comparative political science the field is increasingly characterised by its geographic and disciplinary breadth. Routledge’s Transitional Justice series publishes innovative work across a range of disciplines working on transitional justice related topics: including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, political science, development studies and international relations.

The series includes titles which address larger theoretical questions on transitional justice, including the intersection of notions such as justice, truth, accountability, impunity and the construction of transitional justice knowledge. It also contains critical and theoretically informed empirical work on the workings of institutions such as truth commissions, community based reconciliation, victim empowerment, ex-combatant demobilisation, or regional discussions on practical programmes in particular areas. Finally, the series covers the legal aspects of transitional justice; although, avoiding dry, overly technical or dull legal texts, it specialises in a style of legal scholarship that reflects the energy and vitality of this exciting field.

For further details on the series please contact the Series Editor.

Kieran McEvoy

Professor of Law and Transitional Justice

School of Law

Queens University Belfast


44 (0) 2890973873

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International
LAW / Remedies & Damages
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society