Transitional justice: international criminal law and beyond

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Societies facing a past of gross human rights violations during authoritarianism, conflict or other forms of violence have sought to creatively design and implement means to address that suffering, often with the participation of international actors. Law, including international law and local conceptions of justice, may provide means for victims and societies as a whole to address the past and set out a more just future, based on human rights, a decent standard of living, freedom from violence and the possibility to participate in the governance of one’s community. In addition to specific mechanisms, such as trials, truth commissions, lustrations, amnesties, memorialisations, institutional reform and constitutional adjustments (to name a few), the distinctive force of transitional justice is its potential to uncover and challenge the past to rebuild the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalArchivio Penale
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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