chapter  5
‘Quiet’ transitional justice and ‘disappearing’
WithLauren Dempster
Pages 39

In this chapter, the author discusses the development of the legislation and shows that this can be considered an example of what she has termed ‘quiet’ transitional justice. The author argues that the legislation can be considered a victim-centred approach, and address the claims made by some that it amounts to an amnesty. Families were argued to be the “prime beneficiaries” and the Bill Rolston humanitarian nature was at the forefront of arguments in support of the legislation in both the British and Irish parliaments. The author examines how legislation can be ‘quiet’ and how the Location of Victims’ Remains Bill passed with little public controversy. Three aspects of the Bill and its passage will be considered: the timing and role of the media, the need for some form of ‘incentive’ to encourage Republicans to provide information on burial site locations, and the ‘win win’ nature of the legislation.