Transitional justice is the way societies that have experienced civil conflict or authoritarian rule and widespread violations of human rights deal with the experience. With its roots in law, transitional justice as an area of study crosses various fields in the social sciences. This book is written with this multi- and inter-disciplinary dynamic of the field in mind.

The book presents the broad scope of transitional justice studies through a focus on the theory, mechanisms and debates in the area, covering such topics as:

  • The origin, context and development of transitional justice
  • Victims, victimology and transitional justice
  • Prosecutions for abuses and gross violations of human rights
  • Truth commissions
  • Transitional justice and local justice
  • Gender, political economy and transitional justice
  • Apology, reconciliation and the politics of memory

Offering a discussion of the impact and outcomes of transitional justice, this approach provides valuable insight for those who seek both an introduction alongside relatively advanced engagement with the subject.

Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates is an important text for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students who take courses in transitional justice, human rights and criminal law, as well as a systematic reference text for researchers.

chapter 5|27 pages

Truth commissions

chapter 10|23 pages

Gender and transitional justice

chapter 13|20 pages

‘Measuring’ transitional justice

Impacts and outcomes