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Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law


ISBN13: 9780415601511
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2010)
Price: £30.00
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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 formerly authoritarian societies remains largely elided and under-researched.

Hakeem O. Yusuf argues that the purview of transitional justice mechanisms should, as a matter of policy, be extended to scrutiny of the judicial role in the past. Through a critical comparative approach that cuts through the transitioning experiences of post-authoritarian and post-conflict polities in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa, the book focuses specifically on Nigeria.

It demonstrates that public accountability of the judiciary through the mechanism of a truth-seeking process is a necessary component in securing comprehensive accountability for the judicial role in the past. Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law further shows that an across-the-board transformation of state institutions - an important aspiration of transitional processes - is virtually impossible without incorporating the third branch of government, the judiciary, into the accountability process.

Subjects:
General Interest
Contents:
Introduction
1. The Case for Judicial Accountability in Transitions
2. Truth, Transition, and Accountability of the Judiciary
3. Political Change and Judicial Reform: An International and Comparative Perspective
4. Judicial Accountability in Political Transitions: The Nigerian Context
5. Rights, the Judiciary and Constitutionalism In Transitions
6. Transition and the Judicialization of Politics: Dialectics of a Phenomenon
7. Courts to the Rescue? The Judicialization of Politics in Nigeria Conclusion