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Transitional Justice and the `Disappeared' of Northern Ireland: Silence, Memory, and the Construction of the Past


ISBN13: 9780815375647
Published: June 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book employs a transitional justice lens to address the ‘disappearances’ that occurred during the Northern Ireland conflict – or ‘Troubles’ – and the post-conflict response to these ‘disappearances.’ Despite an extensive literature around ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, as well as a substantial body of scholarship on ‘disappearances’ in other national contexts, there has been little scholarly scrutiny of ‘disappearances’ in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Although the Good Friday Agreement brought relative peace to Northern Ireland, no provision was made for the establishment of some form of overarching truth and reconciliation commission aimed at comprehensively addressing the legacy of violence. Nevertheless, a mechanism to recover the remains of the ‘disappeared’ – the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) – was established, and has in fact proven to be quite effective. As a result, the reactions of key constituencies to the ‘disappearances’ can be used as a prism through which to comprehensively explore issues of relevance to transitional justice scholars and practitioners. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, and based on extensive empirical research, this book provides a multifaceted exploration of the responses of these constituencies to the practice of ‘disappearing.’ It engages with transitional justice themes including silence, memory, truth, acknowledgement and apology. Key issues examined include the mobilisation efforts of families of the ‘disappeared,’ efforts by a (former) non-state armed group to address its legacy of violence, the utility of a limited immunity mechanism to incentivise information provision, and the interplay between silence and memory in the shaping of a collective, societal understanding of the ‘disappeared.’

Subjects:
Northern Ireland Law
Contents:
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
‘Disappearances,’ Northern Ireland, and ‘Dealing with’ the Past
Chapter 1
‘Disappearing’ in International Context: Memory, Silence and the Law
Chapter 2
The Victims: Mobilisation, the Politics of Victimhood and Constructing the ‘Disappeared’
Chapter 3
The Republican Movement: Rationalising, Leadership, and Resolving the ‘Disappeared.’
Chapter 4
The Community: Rumour, Whispers and ‘Bystander Complicity’
Chapter 5
‘Quiet’ Transitional Justice and ‘Disappearing’
Chapter 6
Acknowledgement, Truth, and the Collective Memory of the ‘Disappeared’
Chapter 7
Conclusion: ‘Disappearing’ and Transitional Justice – Lessons from Northern Ireland
Appendix 1
Bibliography
Index