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Promoting Peace Through International Law$
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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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It’s About Trust

It’s About Trust

Transitional Justice and Accountability in the Search for Peace

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(p.321) 16 It’s About Trust
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Promoting Peace Through International Law
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Jemima García-Godos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.003.0016

National and international efforts towards post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation in societies emerging from armed conflict or authoritarian regimes place great emphasis on the need for accountability for past human rights violations. The assumption behind these efforts is that justice must be addressed if the goal is a stable, long-lasting peace. Based on a discussion of victims’ rights and the links between justice and peace, this chapter argues that transitional justice is a constitutive element of positive peace because it contributes towards rebuilding relations of trust in post-conflict societies. The chapter addresses the main transitional justice mechanisms applied by countries seeking to establish some form of accountability for past violations: prosecutions, truth commissions, and victim reparations, providing examples from specific transitional justice experiences in Latin America.

Keywords:   transitional justice, accountability, victims’ rights, transitional justice mechanisms, human rights

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