This book addresses the theoretical underpinnings of the field of transitional justice, something that has hitherto been lacking both in study and practice. With the common goal of clarifying some of the theoretical profiles of transitional justice strategies, the study is organized along crucial intersections evaluating aspects connected to the genealogy, the nature, the scope and the most appropriate methodology for the study of transitional justice. The chapters also take up normative and political considerations pertaining to specific transitional instruments such as war crime tribunals, truth commissions, administrative purges, reparations, and historical commissions. Bringing together some of the most original writings from established experts as well as from promising young scholars in the field, the collection will be an essential resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers in Law, Philosophy, Politics, and Sociology.

chapter |9 pages


ByClaudio Corradetti, Nir Eisikovits, Jack Volpe Rotondi

part I|31 pages

Is it Always Necessary to Account For Past Wrongs?

chapter 1|16 pages

Forgetting after War: A Qualified Defense

ByJack Volpe Rotondi, Nir Eisikovits

part II|26 pages

Punishing after War

part III|37 pages

Transitional Justice as a Vehicle of Structural and Institutional Change

chapter 5|10 pages

Transitional Justice as Structural Justice

ByKrista K. Thomason

chapter 7|13 pages

Structural Causes of Conflict and the Superficiality of Transition

ByPádraig McAuliffe

part IV|44 pages

Transitional Justice and Political Reconciliation

part V|31 pages

Transitional Justice and the Arts

chapter 11|14 pages

Transitional Justice and the Arts: Reflections on the Field

BySanja Bahun

part VI|40 pages

Defining the Parameters of Transitional Justice

chapter 13|14 pages

Transitional Times, Reflective Judgement and the 'Hōs mē' Condition

ByClaudio Corradetti

chapter 14|12 pages

Further Explorations of the Social Death Hypothesis

ByClaudia Card

chapter 15|12 pages

Making Reparations Possible: Theorizing Reparative Justice

ByMargaret Urban Walker

part VII|30 pages

Case Studies

chapter 16|12 pages

Trust and Commitment: How Athens Rebuilt the Rule of Law

ByPaul Gowder