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Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice

Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice
The Families of the Disappeared

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316617700

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  • The families of the disappeared have long struggled to uncover the truth about their missing relatives. In so doing, their mobilization has shaped central transitional justice norms and institutions, as this ground-breaking work demonstrates. Kovras combines a new global database with the systematic analysis of four challenging case studies - Lebanon, Cyprus, South Africa and Chile - each representative of a different approach to transitional justice. These studies reveal how variations in transitional justice policies addressing the disappeared occur: explaining why victims' groups in some countries are caught in silence, while others bring perpetrators to account. Conceiving of transitional justice as a dynamic process, Kovras traces the different phases of truth recovery in post-transitional societies, giving substance not only to the 'why' but also the 'when' and 'how' of this kind of campaign against impunity. This book is essential reading for all those interested in the development of transitional justice and human rights.

    • A unique exploration of how the mobilization of victims' groups has shaped contemporary transitional justice
    • Sheds light on the little-examined case studies of Lebanon and Cyprus as well as the already influential cases of South Africa and Chile
    • Draws on a new global database of enforced disappearances since the mid-1970s
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    • Honourable mention, 2017 ILAW Book Award, International Law Section, International Studies Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316617700
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 map 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Methods and Theory:
    2. Methodological and theoretical innovations in the use of databases in transitional justice
    Part II. Global and Historical Perspectives:
    3. The daughters of Antigone in Latin America: Argentinian mothers
    4. 'Forensic cascade': the technologies and institutions of truth
    5. The 'missing' tale of human rights
    Part III. National Perspectives:
    6. Institutionalized silences for the missing in Lebanon
    7. Cyprus: the bright side of a frozen conflict
    8. Truth commissions and the missing: TRC's 'unfinished business'
    9. Poetic justice: the Chilean desaparecidos
    10. Conclusions: five lessons for transitional justice.

  • Author

    Iosif Kovras, City, University of London
    Iosif Kovras is a senior lecturer in Comparative Politics at City, University of London. His research interests include comparative politics, post-conflict transitional justice and human rights.


    • Honourable mention, 2017 ILAW Book Award, International Law Section, International Studies Association

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