Atrocities and International Accountability: Beyond Transitional Justice

Atrocities and International Accountability: Beyond Transitional Justice, ed. Hughes,Edel, Schaba, William A. and Thakur, Ramesh (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2007).

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  • Editor Hughes,Edel
    Schaba, William A.
    Thakur, Ramesh
    Title Atrocities and International Accountability: Beyond Transitional Justice
    Publication Date 2007
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher UNU Press
    Pages xi,297
    Language eng

    Rebuilding societies where conflict has occurred is rarely a simple process. Where conflict has been accompanied by gross and systematic violations of human rights, the procedure becomes very controversial. The traditional debate on "transitional justice" sought to balance justice, truth, accountability, peace, and stability. The appearance of impunity for past crimes undermines confidence in new democratic structures and casts doubt upon commitments to human rights. Yet the need to consolidate peace sometimes resulted in reluctance on the part of authorities —both local and international —to confront suspected perpetrators of human rights violations, especially when they are a part of a peace process. Experience in many regions of the world therefore suggested a tradeoff between peace and justice. But that is changing. There is a growing consensus that some forms of justice and accountability are integral to —rather than in tension with —peace and stability. This volume considers whether we are truly going beyond the transitional justice debate. It brings together eminent scholars and practitioners with direct experience in some of the most challenging cases of international justice, and illustrates that justice and accountability remain complex, but not mutually exclusive, ideals.

    Copyright Holder UNU Press
    Copyright Year 2007
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280811414
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