People’s Tribunals are independent, peaceful, grassroots movements, created by members of civil society, to address impunity that is associated with ongoing or past atrocities. As such, they offer society an alternative history and create a space for healing and reconciliation to take place that may otherwise be stifled by political agendas and legal technicalities. Since the 1960’s, People’s Tribunals have grown and developed to address many kinds of situations, from genocide to environmental degradation.

This book presents a balance of academic and practitioner perspectives on People’s Tribunals. It explores key questions relating to their formation and roles and discusses what they can offer to victims and survivors. The volume provides an introduction to the subject, theoretically informed discussion reflecting different perspectives, and a range of contributions focusing on different types of People’s Tribunals and various aspects of their operation. The authors analyse advantages and disadvantages of these movements in a variety of contexts. The impact and contribution they have in the international criminal law and international human rights context is also discussed.

The book will be welcomed by those interested in international criminal law, human rights, environmental justice, transitional justice and international relations.

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ByRegina Menachery Paulose

chapter 1|20 pages

Can you hear the people sing? Victim/survivor rights in People’s Tribunals

ByRegina Menachery Paulose

chapter 2|18 pages

Political will and the people’s will

The role of People’s Tribunals in international justice
ByBenjamin Duerr

chapter 3|20 pages

People’s Tribunals and truth commissions

ByRonald Rogo

chapter 4|17 pages

Panem et circences?

People’s Tribunals from a TWAIL perspective
ByThamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan

chapter 5|22 pages

The right to tell

The Sarajevo Women Court in search for a feminist approach to justice
ByNevenka Tromp

chapter 6|13 pages

The Iran Tribunal

An international People’s Tribunal for the promotion of truth and justice
ByGeoffrey Nice, Hamid Sabi, Shokoufeh Sakhi, Roya Ghiasi

chapter 8|17 pages

People’s Tribunals, law and ecological justice

The Australian contribution
ByBinoy Kampmark

chapter 10|18 pages

The China Tribunal

ByDavid Matas, Susie Hughes

chapter 11|14 pages

Transitional justice delayed is not transitional justice denied

Contemporary confrontation of Japanese human experimentation during World War II through a People’s Tribunal
ByZachary D. Kaufman

chapter 12|17 pages

From painkillers to cures

Challenges and future of People’s Tribunals
ByShadi Sadr