Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates

Yusuf, Hakeem and Van Der Merwe, Hugo eds. (2021). Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates. Abingdon: Routledge.



Transitional justice is the way societies that have experienced civil conflict or authoritarian rule and widespread violations of human rights deal with the experience. With its roots in law, transitional justice as an area of study crosses various fields in the social sciences. This book is written with this multi- and inter-disciplinary dynamic of the field in mind.

The book presents the broad scope of transitional justice studies through a focus on the theory, mechanisms and debates in the area, covering such topics as:
The origin, context and development of transitional justice
Victims, victimology and transitional justice
Prosecutions for abuses and gross violations of human rights
Truth commissions
Transitional justice and local justice
Gender, political economy and transitional justice
Apology, reconciliation and the politics of memory
Offering a discussion of the impact and outcomes of transitional justice, this approach provides valuable insight for those who seek both an introduction alongside relatively advanced engagement with the subject.

Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates is an important text for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students who take courses in transitional justice, human rights and criminal law, as well as a systematic reference text for researchers.

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