Rethinking Transitions

Equality and Social Justice in Societies Emerging from Conflict

Edited by: Gaby Oré Aguilar, Felipe Gómez Isa

*** "Transitional Justice initiatives have long been criticized for an allegedly narrow focus on gross and consistent violations of fundamental civil and political rights and not enough attention to abuse of economic, social and cultural rights. But the problem is not whether but how to apply truth, justice, reparations and institutional reform to fundamental - and often ancestral - inequalities in each transitional society. This volume contributes thoughtful and rigorous research to that fundamental question. It constitutes a challenge to the way transitional justice is executed in our time, but also a tribute to the power of the idea that there are indeed concrete and practical means to realize the idea of justice in societies emerging from conflict." - Juan E. Mendez, former President at the International Center for Transitional Justice and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture *** "Each country facing a past of human rights violations has its own cultural and political history. Each has to find its own unique path to reconciliation and peace. This interdisciplinary volume demonstrates that yet in all cases, tackling social injustice and inequality is a prerequisite for lasting peace. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in finding appropriate solutions to the problems facing countries in transition." - Richard J. Goldstone, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former First Chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda *** "This is an important book. Models of transitional justice thus far have largely failed to reflect the subtleties of gender, diversity and intersecting discrimination that must be made central to the process. This book analyses those failures from the experience of those who have the greatest stake in making the transition work and provides those with responsibility for design and implementation with important approaches as to how improvement can be made." - Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, former head of the Women's Rights and Gender Unit of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and head of the Field Office of the OHCHR in Bosnia (Series: Transitional Justice - Vol. 6)

346 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781780680033