Source: (2000) In Truth v. justice: The morality of truth commissions, eds. Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson, 99-121. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Noting the increasing recourse to truth commissions to deal with past, systematic violations of human rights, Crocker maintains that they must be supplemented with other measures, including trials and judicial punishment. Additionally, he argues for the importance of a nation’s civil society and even international civil society in the success of truth commissions and the transition to democracy. Crocker thus frames issues pertaining to the purposes and work of truth commissions in terms of transitional justice – that is, the effort to reckon with past abuses without undermining emerging democracy. On these bases, Crocker discusses the strengths and limitations of truth commissions; domestic civil society and transitional justice; and international civil society and transitional justice.