Managing Transitional Justice

Expectations of International Criminal Trials

  • Ray Nickson
  • Alice Neikirk

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 13-43
  4. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 45-73
  5. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 75-105
  6. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 107-144
  7. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 145-169
  8. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 171-222
  9. Ray Nickson, Alice Neikirk
    Pages 223-236
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-257

About this book


This book examines expectations for justice in transitional societies and how stakeholder expectations are ignored, marginalized and co-opted by institutions in the wake of conflict. Focusing on institutions that have adopted international criminal trials, the authors encourage us to ask not only whether expectations are appropriate to institutions, but whether institutions are appropriate expectations. Drawing upon a wide variety of sources, this volume demonstrates that a profound ‘expectation gap’ – the gap between anticipated and likely outcomes of justice – exists in transitional justice systems and processes. This ‘expectation gap’ requires that the justice goals of local communities be managed accordingly. In proposing a perspective of enhanced engagement, the authors argue for greater compromise in the expectations, goals and design of transitional justice. This book will constitute an important and valuable resource for students of scholars of transitional justice as well as practitioners, particularly with regards to the design of transitional justice responses.


Criminology Criminal Justice Transitional justice Restorative justice Conflict Peace Mass-atrocity Institution

Authors and affiliations

  • Ray Nickson
    • 1
  • Alice Neikirk
    • 2
  1. 1.Fresno Pacific UniversityFresnoUSA
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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