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Research Handbook on Transitional Justice

Edited by Cheryl Lawther and Luke Moffett, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK and Dov Jacobs, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Providing detailed and comprehensive coverage of the transitional justice field, this Research Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to explore how societies deal with mass atrocities after periods of dictatorship or conflict. Situating the development of transitional justice in its historical context, social and political context, it analyses the legal instruments that have emerged.
Extent: 576 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78195 530 7
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Providing detailed and comprehensive coverage of the transitional justice field, this Research Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to explore how societies deal with mass atrocities after periods of dictatorship or conflict. Situating the development of transitional justice in its historical context, social and political context, it analyses the legal instruments that have emerged.

The Research Handbook is extensive in scope, with chapters discussing the concepts, actors, mechanisms and practices of transitional justice. They address the challenges of implementing a range of transitional justice mechanisms, including methods of truth recovery, criminal trials and reparation and lustration programmes. Going a step further, this book also expands the gaze of transitional justice to include underexplored areas, such as art and transitional justice, media and transitional justice and unique international case studies, such as Cambodia and Palestine.

Timely and thought provoking, the Research Handbook on Transitional Justice will be of interest to both scholars and students, particularly those working in the areas of transitional justice and peace-building. It will also prove a valuable reference tool for practitioners of transitional justice and international criminal justice, helping to inform best practice.
‘This is an exciting time to be working in transitional justice as is confirmed by this Research Handbook. This collection draws from a rich breadth of diverse settings, a broad interdisciplinary range of literature and offers a reflective, critical and persuasive overview of many of the key debates in the field. It is an excellent volume which will do much for both the thinking in and the doing of transitional justice. The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for such fine work.’
– Kieran McEvoy, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Contributors: A. Breslin, B.C. Browne, A. Davidian, S. Dezalay, P.J. Dixon, A. Fichtelberg, L.E. Fletcher J. Gallen, T. Hadden, T.O. Hansen, C. Harwood, R. Hodzic, C.M. Horne, E. Kenney, R. Killean, C. Lawther, P. McAuliffe, F. Mégret, L. Moffett, C. O’Rourke, J.R. Quinn, N. Roht-Arriaza, M. Schkolne, D.N. Sharp, L. Stan, D. Tolbert, C. Turner, R. Vagliano, H. van der Merwe, H.M. Weinstein
















Contents:

Foreword
William Schabas

Introduction – Researching Transitional Justice: The Highs, the Lows and the Expansion of the Field
Cheryl Lawther and Luke Moffett

Part I: The Concept(s) of Transitional Justice
1. The Development of Transitional Justice
Joanna R. Quinn

2. The Time and Space of Transitional Justice
Thomas Obel Hansen

3. Transitional Justice and Critique
Catherine Turner

4. Transitional Justice’s Impact on Rule of Law: Symbol or Substance?
Padraig McAuliffe

5. Transitional Justice and Human Rights
Frédeéric Mégret and Raphael Vagliano

6. Transitional Justice and Gender
Catherine O’Rourke

7. Transitional Justice and ‘Local’ Justice
Dustin N. Sharp

8. Transitional Justice and Development 
Peter J. Dixon

Part II: The Actors of Transitional Justice
9. The United Nations and Transitional Justice
Alison Davidian and Emily Kenney

10. The Role of International NGOs in the Emergence of Transitional Justice: A case study of the International Center for Transitional Justice
Sara Dezalay

11. The Role of Local Civil Society in Transitional Justice
Hugo van der Merwe and Maya Schkolne

12. Transitional Justice and the ‘Plight’ of Victimhood
Laurel E. Fletcher and Harvey M. Weinstein

13. Art and Transitional Justice: The 'Infinite Incompleteness' of Transition
Andrea Breslin

14. Media and Transitional Justice: A Dream of Symbiosis in a Troubled Relationship
Refik Hodzic and David Tolbert

Part III: The Mechanisms of Transitional Justice
15. The International Criminal Court: In the Interests of Transitional Justice?
James Gallen

16. Transitional Justice and the End of Impunity: Hybrid tribunals
Aaron Fichtelberg

17. Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions
Cheryl Lawther

18. Transitional Justice and Amnesties
Tom Hadden

19. Transitional Justice and Reparations: Remedying the Past?
Luke Moffett

20. Contributions of International Commissions of Inquiry to Transitional Justice
Catherine Harwood

21. Transitional Justice: Vetting and Lustration
Cynthia M. Horne

Part IV: The Practice of Transitional Justice
22. Guatemala: Lessons for Transitional Justice
Naomi Roht-Arriaza

23. Pursuing Retributive and Reparative Justice within Cambodia
Rachel Killean

24. Transitional Justice and the Case of Palestine
Brendan Ciarán Browne

25. Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe
Lavinia Stan

Index