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Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa

The Role of Civil Society

  • Jasmina Brankovic
  • Hugo van der Merwe

Part of the Springer Series in Transitional Justice book series (SSTJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


This volume documents and analyses the strategies used by African civil society organisations to lobby for and enact transitional justice measures in their countries. The book offers local practitioners and African scholars space to reflect on the development and effectiveness of strategies in promoting transitional justice, as well as to identify the theoretical and contextual influences on transitional justice work. Most importantly, it presents lessons and best practices for advocating transitional justice.

This edited volume fills a significant gap by providing an up-to-date regional African perspective on transitional justice in the form of a compilation of country-specific and thematic analyses of agenda-setting and lobbying efforts. It also offers insights into the state–civil society relationship on the continent. While including some historical perspective, the book chapters provide fresh and up-to-date insights into ongoing transitional justice efforts that are key to defining the future of how the field is understood in theory and in practice.  


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jasmina Brankovic
    • 1
  • Hugo van der Merwe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Cape Town, Centre for the Study of Violence and ReconciliationCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for the Study of Violence and ReconciliationCape TownSouth Africa

About the editors

Jasmina Brankovic is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. She conducts research on comparative transitional justice, civil society and victims’ groups, and the intersection of transitional justice and social transformation. Her publications include The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice (2018).

Hugo van der Merwe is Director of Research, Knowledge and Learning at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Since joining CSVR in 1997, he has developed and managed numerous research advocacy and intervention projects relating to transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding in South Africa and the African continent. Hugo is the Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press). His publications include Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice (2009), Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? (2008) and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice (1993). Hugo received his doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University (1999). 

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