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United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics

Zachary D. Kaufman


In this book Zachary D. Kaufman explores the U.S. government’s support for, or opposition to, certain transitional justice institutions. By first presenting an overview of transitional justice options (such as war crimes tribunals) and then analyzing six historical case studies, Kaufman evaluates why and how the United States has pursued particular transitional justice options since World War II. This book challenges the “legalist” paradigm, which postulates that liberal states pursue war crimes tribunals because their decision-makers hold a principled commitment to the rule of law. Kaufman de ... More

Keywords: Transitional justice, United States, U.S. government, War crimes tribunals, Legalist paradigm, Prudentialism, Principles, Politics, Pragmatics, Normative beliefs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190243494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary D. Kaufman, author
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs