Transitional Justice: Justice by Bureaucratic Means?

TitleTransitional Justice: Justice by Bureaucratic Means?
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleSwisspeace Working Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRubli, S
Number of Pages29

his working paper draws attention to some problematic issues of transitional justice policies as promoted by international organizations, bilateral donors and NGOs. It argues that through the crystallization of a transitional justice norm on the international level, its institutionalization in temporary legal bodies and specialized organizations, and the professionalization of the field, transitional justice has become bureaucratized. Drawing on existing critical theoretical and empirical literature and on the author’s own extensive field research this working paper deconstructs the underlying assumptions and conceptualizations that guide most international transitional justice interventions. It identifies some of the conceptual and moral dilemmas that emerge from such depoliticized, prescriptive, technocratic and teleological approaches toward post-conflict justice. Download AuthorSandra Rubli holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Berne, Switzerland (2007). She joined swisspeace in August 2006 and worked as research assistant for FAST International. From September 2007 to April 2008 she was a research analyst for FAST International, responsible for Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia and Somalia. Since November 2008, she has been working as researcher for KOFF, the Dealing with the Past Program and has been writing her PhD thesis. Her research analyzes the links between transitional justice, dealing with the past and the post-conflict stateformation process in Burundi. She conducted extensive fieldwork in Burundi.

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