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From Transitional to Transformative Justice

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Paul Gready, Simon Robins, Richard Falk, Malcolm Langford, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Lars Waldorf, Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Elizabeth Jelin, Chulani Kodikara, Laura Trajber Waisbich, Vera Schattan P. Coelho, Anna Reading, Pamina Firchow, Roger MacGinty, Marina Sitrin
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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107160934

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  • Transitional justice has become the principle lens used by countries emerging from conflict and authoritarian rule to address the legacies of violence and serious human rights abuses. However, as transitional justice practice becomes more institutionalized with support from NGOs and funding from Western donors, questions have been raised about the long-term effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms. Core elements of the paradigm have been subjected to sustained critique, yet there is much less commentary that goes beyond critique to set out, in a comprehensive fashion, what an alternative approach might look like. This volume discusses one such alternative, transformative justice, and positions this quest in the wider context of ongoing fall-out from the 2008 global economic and political crisis, as well as the failure of social justice advocates to respond with imagination and ambition. Drawing on diverse perspectives, contributors illustrate the wide-ranging purchase of transformative justice at both conceptual and empirical levels.

    • Debates the definition of transformative justice and its relationship with transitional justice
    • Develops a set of empirical case studies to support the concept of transformative justice
    • Appeals to a wide range of audiences, in sectors beyond transitional justice and in disciplines beyond law
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Transitional justice arrived in the 1990s with great promise, but the results achieved to date have generally been modest at best. This excellent and cutting-edge volume convincingly argues for a more deeply transformative approach, and the various contributions are consistently critical, constructive, and thought-provoking. It is the rare volume that combines deep critique with serious engagement with practice.' Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

    ‘This exciting and important volume explores the potential of transformative justice to radically reform transitional justice in ways that are at once imaginative, ambitious and emancipatory. It deserves to be widely read.' Andrea Cornwall, Head of the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

    ‘An important shift is underway in the theory and normative practices associated with post-conflict justice, partly in response to the global expansion of neoliberalism and its impact on conflict-affected societies. This very interesting collection is probably the first volume to explore the tensions and dilemmas that are both driving and impeding the expansion of thinking about justice and associated practices into more transformative frameworks in everyday, rather than solely national or global, contexts.' Oliver Richmond, Associate Dean for Internationalisation, University of Manchester

    ‘This is a courageous and forward thinking book. In this collection of essays, Gready and Robins with their well-respected colleagues, have tackled the question of the definition of transitional justice; its limitations, goals, and future. By its focus on transitional justice as transformational justice with attention to local agency, process, pluralism, power, and structures of exclusion, the authors challenge the status quo and raise important questions about the understandings of justice and how meaningful change can occur. This book is an important step forward in the development of what is still a nascent field.' Harvey Weinstein, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the International Journal of Transitional Justice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107160934
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Paul Gready
    Part I. Theories and Contexts:
    2. From transitional to transformative justice: a new agenda for practice Simon Robins
    3. Predicaments of transformative justice in neoliberal and state-centric world order Richard Falk
    4. Rights and transformation Malcolm Langford
    Part II. Building Bridges:
    5. Measures of non-repetition in transitional justice: the missing link? Naomi Roht-Arriaza
    6. Between transition and transformation: legal empowerment as collective reparation Lars Waldorf
    7. Transformative gender justice? Fionnuala Ni Aolain
    8. Memory and democracy: towards a transformative relationship Elizabeth Jelin
    Part III. New(er) Directions:
    9. Connecting the egregious and the everyday: addressing impunity for sexual violence in Sri Lanka Chulani Kodikara
    10. Participation and transformative justice: reflections on the Brazilian experience Laura Trajber Waisbich and Vera Schattan P. Coelho
    11. The restitutional assemblage: the art of transformative justice at the Parramatta Girls Home, Australia Anna Reading
    12. Indivisibility as a way of life: transformation in micro-processes of peace in northern Uganda Pamina Firchow and Roger MacGinty
    13. HIJOS: breaking social silence with another kind of justice Marina Sitrin
    14. Conclusion: towards transformative justice.

  • Editors

    Paul Gready, University of York
    Paul Gready is Professor of Applied Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights Practice. His research interests include human rights practice, transitional justice, human rights and development, culture and human rights, and human rights cities. He is the author of The Era of Transitional Justice: The Aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and Beyond (2010).

    Simon Robins, University of York
    Simon Robins is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York. He is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in humanitarian protection, human rights and transitional justice. He is the author of Families of the Missing: A Test for Contemporary Approaches to Transitional Justice (2013).


    Paul Gready, Simon Robins, Richard Falk, Malcolm Langford, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Lars Waldorf, Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Elizabeth Jelin, Chulani Kodikara, Laura Trajber Waisbich, Vera Schattan P. Coelho, Anna Reading, Pamina Firchow, Roger MacGinty, Marina Sitrin

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