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Transitional Justice

Series edited by Kieran McEvoy, Queens University Belfast, UK

The study of justice in transition 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. This series is now accepting innovative proposals from a range of disciplines working on transitional justice related topics including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, political science, development studies and international relations. That interdisciplinarity is precisely what affords the areas its current ‘intellectual buzz’.

The series is interested in books 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. We also welcome critical and theoretically informed empirical proposals 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 we are also interested in proposals which focus upon the legal aspects of transitional justice, although our plan is to avoid producing dry, overly technical or dull legal texts. This is an exciting field and it is envisaged that the style of legal scholarship encouraged by the series would be a reflection of that energy and vitality.

  1. Reconceptualizing Transitional Justice

    The Latin American Experience

    Edited by Elin Skaar, Jemima Garcia-Godos, Cath Collins

    Series: Transitional Justice

    This book addresses current developments in transitional justice in Latin America – effectively the first region to undergo concentrated transitional justice experiences in modern times, Using a comparative approach, it examines trajectories in truth, justice, reparations and amnesties in countries...

    To Be Published November 30th 2015 by Routledge

  2. The Judiciary and the Politics of Transition

    Police Brutality Cases in Chile, Northern Ireland and South Africa

    By Marny Requa

    Series: Transitional Justice

    The Judiciary and the Politics of Transition provides a critical analysis of judicial decision-making during transitions from conflict. The establishment or re-establishment of the ‘rule of law’ has become synonymous with democratisation and moving out of conflict. This privileging of law in turn...

    To Be Published September 29th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

    Lessons from the Balkans

    Edited by Martina Fischer, Olivera Simic

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Scholars and practitioners alike agree that somehow the past needs to be addressed in order to enable individuals and collectives to rebuild trust and relationships. However, they also continue to struggle with critical questions. When is the right moment to address the legacies of the past after...

    To Be Published August 29th 2015 by Routledge

  4. After Violence

    Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy

    By Elin Skaar, Camila Gianella Malca, Trine Eide

    Series: Transitional Justice

    After Violence examines the effects of transitional justice on the development of peace and democracy. Anticipated contributions of transitional justice mechanisms are commonly stated in universal terms, with little regard for historically specific contexts. Yet a truth commission, for example,...

    To Be Published May 19th 2015 by Routledge

  5. The Concept of the Civilian

    Legal Recognition, Adjudication and the Trials of International Criminal Justice

    By Claire Garbett

    Series: Transitional Justice

    The Concept of the Civilian: Legal Recognition, Adjudication and the Trials of International Criminal Justice offers a critical account of the legal shaping of civilian identities by the processes of international criminal justice. It draws on a detailed case-study of the International Criminal...

    To Be Published January 12th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring

    Edited by Kirsten J. Fisher, Robert Stewart

    Series: Transitional Justice

    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...

    Published July 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  7. The Art of Post-Dictatorship

    Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina

    By Vikki Bell

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Since the end of the last dictatorship in 1983, Argentina’s visual artists and art-activists have been central to campaigns to demand the criminal prosecution of those initially granted amnesty and to a variety of commemorative projects. In The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in...

    Published June 20th 2014 by Routledge

  8. International Trials and Reconciliation

    Assessing the Impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

    By Janine Natalya Clark

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Transitional justice is a burgeoning field of scholarly inquiry. Yet while the transitional justice literature is replete with claims about the benefits of criminal trials, too often these claims lack an empirical basis and hence remain unproven. While there has been much discussion about whether...

    Published June 12th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Truth, Denial and Transition

    Northern Ireland and the Contested Past

    By Cheryl Lawther

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past makes a unique and timely contribution to the transitional justice field. In contrast to the focus on truth and those societies where truth recovery has been central to dealing with the aftermath of human rights violations,...

    Published February 24th 2014 by Routledge

  10. The Dynamics of Transitional Justice:

    International Models and Local Realities in East Timor

    By Lia Kent

    Series: Transitional Justice

    The Dynamics of Transitional Justice draws on the case of East Timor in order to reassess how transitional justice mechanisms actually play out at the local level. Transitional justice mechanisms – including trials and truth commissions – have become firmly entrenched as part of the United Nations...

    Published November 10th 2013 by Routledge

  11. Transitional Justice Theories

    Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Teresa Koloma Beck, Christian Braun, Friederike Mieth

    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...

    Published October 3rd 2013 by Routledge

  12. Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice

    Edited by Sabine Michalowski

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice explores how corporations can be held accountable for their role in past human rights violations when a country is making a transition from conflict or repression to peace and democracy. It breaks new ground in theorizing the linkages...

    Published September 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  13. Gender Politics in Transitional Justice

    By Catherine O'Rourke

    Series: Transitional Justice

    What role do transitional justice processes play in determining the gender outcomes of transitions from conflict and authoritarianism? What is the impact of transitional justice processes on the human rights of women in states emerging from political violence? Gender Politics in Transitional...

    Published July 30th 2013 by Routledge

  14. Families of the Missing

    A Test for Contemporary Approaches to Transitional Justice

    By Simon Robins

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Families of the Missing interrogates the current practice of transitional justice from the viewpoint of the families of those disappeared and missing as a result of conflict and political violence. Studying the needs of families of the missing in two contexts, Nepal and Timor-Leste, the practice of...

    Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge

  15. Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law

    By Hakeem O. Yusuf

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law addresses the importance of judicial accountability in transitional justice processes. Despite a general consensus that the judiciary plays an important role in contemporary governance, accountability for the judicial role in...

    Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge

  16. Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice

    Overcoming Intractability in Divided Societies

    By Nevin T. Aiken

    Series: Transitional Justice

    Building upon an interdisciplinary synthesis of recent literature from the fields of transitional justice and conflict transformation, this book introduces a groundbreaking theoretical framework that highlights the critical importance of identity in the relationship between transitional justice and...

    Published January 15th 2013 by Routledge

  17. The Era of Transitional Justice

    The Aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and Beyond

    By Paul Gready

    Series: Transitional Justice

    The Era of Transitional Justice explores a broad set of issues raised by political transition and transitional justice through the prism of the South African TRC. South Africa constitutes a powerful case study of the enduring structural legacies of a troubled past, and of both the potential and...

    Published October 7th 2010 by Routledge