Introduction: Transitions from Violence. Analysing the Effects of Transitional Justice

  • Thorsten Bonacker Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Susanne Buckley-Zistel Philipps-Universität Marburg

Abstract

Transitional justice refers to processes of dealing with the aftermath of violent conflicts and human rights abuses in order to provide for a peaceful future. It makes use of a number of instruments and mechanisms – including tribunals, truth commissions, memory work, and reparations – which aim at uncovering the truth about past crimes, putting past wrongs right, holding perpetrators accountable, vindicating the dignity of victim-survivors, and contributing to reconciliation. The objective of this focus section is to critically assess the potential of transitional justice, its achievements thus far, any conflicting goals, and the inherent or external obstacles that limit its influence and reach. Through empirical case studies from across the globe it paints a multi-faceted picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.

Author Biographies

Thorsten Bonacker, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Prof. Dr.

Zentrum für Konfliktforschung

Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Prof. Dr.

Zentrum für Konfliktforschung

Published
2013-04-16
Section
Focus: Transitions from Violence - The Impact of Transitional Justice