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Understanding Transitional Justice

A Struggle for Peace, Reconciliation, and Rebuilding


Part of the Philosophy, Public Policy, and Transnational Law book series (PPPTL)

About this book


The book is an accurate and accessible introduction to the complex and dynamic field of transitional and post-conflict justice, providing an overview of its recurring concepts and debated issues. Particular attention is reserved to how these concepts and issues have been addressed, both theoretically and literally, by lawyers, policy-makers, international bodies, and other actors informing the practice. By presenting significant, if undeniably disputable, alternatives to mainstream theories and past methods of addressing past injustice and (re)building a democratic state, the work aims to illustrate some foundational themes of transitional justice that have emerged from a diverse set of discussions. The author’s position thus arrives from a careful analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of answers to the question: how, after a traumatic social experience, is justice restored?


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About the authors

Giada Girelli holds a Law Degree obtained Summa cum Laude by the Università degli Studi di Torino. After a semester at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, she attended an L.L.M in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at SOAS (University of London). Here, she carried out clinical research on childhood and access to justice, further developing a strong interest in the intersections among law, history and justice.

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