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Interrogating the peripheries: The preoccupations of fourth generation transitional justice.

Sharp, Dustin N.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) Harvard Human Rights Journal.26:149-178.

Some three decades after the surge of democratic transitions that gave
birth to the field, transitional justice is increasingly associated not just with
narrow transitions to democracy, but with post-conflict peacebuilding more
generally,’ occasionally even in illiberal states with little pretension to
democratic transition.” While the shift to peacebuilding might suggest a
broadening of transitional justice modalities, thus far the differences have
been more superficial than substantive. In many instances, post-conflict
transitional justice initiatives appear to have become yet another box to tick
on the “post-conflict checklist.” Along with initiatives to reform the security
sector, strengthen the rule of law, and implement demobilization,
disarmament, and reintegration programs, transitional justice is arguably
on its way to becoming a core component of liberal international
peacebuilding, another paradigm closely associated with transitions to liberal
market democracy.’ (excerpt)


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