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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy

ISBN13: 9781138020085
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book examines the effects of transitional justice on the conditions for peace and democracy. Ordinarily, the anticipated contribution of transitional justice mechanisms is stated in universal terms, with little regard for the historically specific context. Yet a truth commission, for example, will not have the same function in a society torn by long-term civil war or genocide as in a society where conflict has taken the form of authoritarian repression.

Addressing trials, reparations and amnesties, as well as truth commissions, the book systematically addresses the experiences of four very different contemporary transitional justice cases: post-authoritarian Uruguay and Peru and post-conflict Rwanda and Angola. Its analysis, which not only demonstrates that context is a crucial determinant of the impact of transitional justice processes, but also identifies specific contextual obstacles and limitations to these processes, will be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of transitional justice and peace-building, as well as students generally concerned with human rights and democratisation.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Understanding the impact of transitional justice on peace and democracy
2. Uruguay: The (re)construction of peace and democracy through transitional justice
3. Peru: Transitional justice as a mean, but not an end
4. Rwanda: Peace and partial democracy in the light of transitional justice
5. Angola: Peace but no democracy in the shadow of impunity
6. Conclusions