Recognising the Local Perspective: Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reparations

Eijkman, Quirine
October 2010
Global Jurist;Oct2010, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
The importance of the local perspective on transitional justice processes in post-conflict societies is discussed in this article. By focusing not only on reparations as transitional justice institutions, but also on the perception of ordinary people of their legitimacy, it analyses how these kinds of efforts potentially contribute to a sense of justice, reconciliation, social reconstruction at the community level and lasting peace. It thereby relies on socio-legal research conducted in the former Yugoslavia and, to a lesser extent, in Africa, Latin America and Asia. This article concludes with the observation that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to post-conflict reparations in transitional societies, but that there are some general lessons to be learned from the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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