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Transitional Justice in Ghana

An Appraisal of the National Reconciliation Commission


Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Marian Yankson-Mensah
    Pages 1-26
  3. Marian Yankson-Mensah
    Pages 103-144
  4. Marian Yankson-Mensah
    Pages 221-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-250

About this book


This book situates Ghana's truth-telling process, which took place from 2002 to 2004, within the discourse on the effectiveness of the different mechanisms used by post-conflict and post-dictatorship societies to address gross human rights violations. The National Reconciliation Commission was the most comprehensive transitional justice mechanism employed during Ghana's transitional process in addition to amnesties, reparations and minimal institutional reforms. Due to a blanket amnesty that derailed all prospects of resorting to judicial mechanisms to address gross human rights violations, the commission was established as an alternative to prosecutions.

Against this background, the author undertakes a holistic assessment of the National Reconciliation Commission's features, mandate, procedure and aftermath to ascertain the loopholes in Ghana's transitional process. She defines criteria for the assessment, which can be utilised with some modifications to assess the impact of other transitional justice mechanisms. Furthermore, she also reflects on the options and possible setbacks for future attempts to address the gaps in the mechanisms utilised.

With a detailed account of the human rights violations perpetrated in Ghana from 1957 to 1993, this volume of the International Criminal Justice Series provides a useful insight into the factors that shape the outcomes of transitional justice processes.

Given its combination of normative, comparative and empirical approaches, the book will be useful to academics, students, practitioners and policy makers by fostering their understanding of the implications of the different features of truth commissions, the methods for assessing transitional justice mechanisms, and the different factors to consider when designing mechanisms to address gross human rights violations in the aftermath of a conflict or dictatorship.

Marian Yankson-Mensah is a Researcher and Project Officer at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy in Nuremberg, Germany.


Effectiveness of truth commissions Assessment criteria for the impact of truth commissions Assessment of transitional justice mechanisms Ghana's transitional process Features of truth commissions The duty to prosecute Goals of transitional justice The goal of truth Provision of remedies to victims Legality of amnesties under international law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International Nuremberg Principles AcadeNürnbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transitional Justice in Ghana
  • Book Subtitle An Appraisal of the National Reconciliation Commission
  • Authors Marian Yankson-Mensah
  • Series Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2020
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-378-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-6265-381-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-379-5
  • Series ISSN 2352-6718
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-6726
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Rights
    International Criminal Law
    Public International Law
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