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Transitional justice refers to how societies respond to the legacies of massive and serious human rights violations. It asks some of the most difficult questions in law, politics, and the social sciences and grapples with innumerable dilemmas. Above all, transitional justice is about victims.
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Invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction opens the door to the possibility of some accountability in circumstances where justice is not possible in countries where the crimes took place.
In transitional contexts, reporting does not simply present the facts, but instead shapes the parameters for interpreting divisive political issues.
Case studies on the use of pardons in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Peru, and South Africa.
This study examines the development of restitution and reparations in international law and practice over the last century.
This paper discusses the challenges encountered during efforts to pursue justice in a number of sub-Saharan African countries in transition, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gha
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world.
Background on the challenges in addressing legacies of past violence in sub-Saharan African countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia have all experienced massive violations of human rights in the recent past.
This research brief provides case studies on the use of pardons in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Peru and South Africa following periods of mass abuse, and highlights subsequent political and civi
Essential among South Africa's transition programs was a process to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate ex-combatants and to create a new defense force integrating the armed forces of opposing part
Truth commissions can provide a stage for a potentially powerful encounter with the past (and present) at the level of public discourse.
Building a constitutional state and pursuing social change is best approached by looking at prior successes.