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This chapter will consider how nations moving in a positive normative direction -- that is, from a repressive to a more democratic state of affairs -- have attempted to come to terms with their violent history. Specifically, it will consider the viability of tribunals and truth commissions (TCs). The chapter is divided into two parts. Part one, “Theoretical Issues,” briefly discusses the normative underpinnings of tribunals and truth commissions, retributive and restorative justice, respectively. I will consider the justifications, promises and limits of both models. Part two, “Empirical Considerations,” identifies factors that affect the viability of commissions and tribunals, and emphasizes the importance of contextual constraints on their implementation and use.(excerpt)

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