Transitional Justice Theories
Routledge – 2014 – 228 pages
Series: Transitional Justice
Transitional Justice Theories is the first volume to approach the politically sensitive subject of post-conflict or post-authoritarian justice from a theoretical perspective. It combines contributions from distinguished scholars and practitioners as well as from emerging academics from different disciplines and provides an overview of conceptual approaches to the field. The volume seeks to refine our understanding of transitional justice by exploring often unarticulated assumptions that guide discourse and practice. To this end, it offers a wide selection of approaches from various theoretical traditions ranging from normative theory to critical theory. In their individual chapters, the authors explore the concept of transitional justice itself and its foundations, such as reconciliation, memory, and truth, as well as intersections, such as reparations, peace building, and norm compliance.
This book will be of particular interest for scholars and students of law, peace and conflict studies, and human rights studies. Even though highly theoretical, the chapters provide an easy read for a wide audience including readers not familiar with theoretical investigations.
Transitional Justice Theories: An Introduction Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Teresa Koloma Beck, Christian Braun, and Friederike Mieth Part One: Theorizing Transitional Justice Chapter 1 Transformative Justice, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding Wendy Lambourne Chapter 2 Rethinking Reconciliation in Divided Societies: A Social Learning Theory of Transitional Justice Nevin T. Aiken Chapter 3 The Plural Justice Aims of Reparations Lisa J. Laplante Chapter 4 Political Liberalism after Mass Violence: John Rawls and a ‘Theory’ of Transitional Justice Kora Andrieu Chapter 5 The Vertical and Horizontal Expansion of Transitional Justice: Explanations and Implications for a Contested Field Thomas Obel Hansen Part Two Exploring the Limits of Transitional Justice Chapter 6 Bargaining Justice: A Theory of Transitional Justice Compliance Jelena Subotić Chapter 7 Narrative Truths: On the Construction of the Past in Truth Commissions Susanne Buckley-Zistel Chapter 8 Redressive Politics and the Nexus of Trauma, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation Magdalena Zolkos Chapter 9 Forgetting the Embodied Past: Body Memory in Transitional Justice Teresa Koloma Beck Chapter 10 Understanding the Political Economy of Transitional Justice: A Critical Theory Perspective Hannah Franzki and Maria Carolina Olarte
The editors are based at the Centre for Conflict Studies, at Philipps University, Marburg