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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Transitional Justice

Transitional Justice

(p.673) Chapter 79 Transitional Justice
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Brigitte Weiffen

Oxford University Press

Transitional justice denotes the whole spectrum of efforts to deal with human rights violations. This chapter addresses various dilemmas of coming to terms with a violent past in periods of transformation. First, it presents a brief history of the concept of transitional justice and shows that it is imprecise due to the multiple aspects of meaning of ‘justice’ and ‘transition’. Second, it studies the genesis of transitional justice as an instrument and introduces different variants, including judicial and extrajudicial procedures. Third, it addresses the contestations about the role transitional justice can play in transformation processes, particularly in transitions from authoritarian rule to democracy.

Keywords:   transitional justice, justice, political transition, democratization, conceptual history, instrument, truth commission, international law, human rights

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