Source: (2000) Boston University International Law Journal. 18:57.

In this article, Marianne Geula evaluates the procedures and processes of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as viable means of addressing conflict. Specifically, she examines the TRC’s handling of complex conflicts surrounding the negotiated transition of South Africa’s government from an authoritarian apartheid regime to a pluralistic democracy. Toward this end, she discusses the central parties to the conflict, the historical context that frames the contemporary conflict, the history and design of the TRC, and the legal ambiguity of the political settlement. She also compares and contrasts conventional adjudication with the approach of the TRC, and she examines the role of the TRC in the political settlement.