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Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement

Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement

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  • Publication planned for: September 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2017
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107519695

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  • Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement calls for a truth commission to redress the brutal war during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the decades-long armed conflict in Colombia, and US detention policies in the war on terror. It focuses on truth commissions as a signature intervention of transitional justice; it argues transitional justice as an idea around which a loosely structured movement emerged and professionalized, and which helped make truth commissions a standard response to mass violence. By exploring how this movement developed, as well as efforts to make truth commissions in the Balkans, Colombia, and the US, this book examines the different processes through which political actors translate transitional justice into political action. In particular, it reveals how the malleability of transitional justice and truth commissions is both an asset and a liability for those hoping to ensure accountability, improve survivor well-being, and prevent future violence.

    • Proposes a new view of transitional justice as an idea around which a movement emerged and professionalized
    • Compares three countries where there have been human rights abuses
    • Offers narrative case studies
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    • Publication planned for: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107519695
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2017
  • Table of Contents

    1. Searching For Truth
    2. Building a Transnational Movement
    3. Disruption: A Truth Commission in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    4. Transformation: The Politics of Peace in Colombia
    5. Decoupled: Transitional Justice in the War on Terror
    6. The Power of Legal Ideas.

  • Author

    Jamie Rowen, University of Toronto
    Jamie Rowen is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Rowen's work has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of International Law and International Relations, and others. She is the recipient of the 2011 Law and Social Inquiry Best Graduate Student Paper award and numerous fellowships.

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