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Transitional Justice

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_576-1


This entry aims to present the core of the notion of transitional justice, which is a transdisciplinary idea that cannot be reduced to the contours of jurisprudence. As such, it is a concept originating from the relationship between academic investigations and the engagement of researchers in state policies. Exploring these links, the entry encompasses a historical background, an attempt to shape the concept of transitional justice, some of the critical approaches to the theme based on the universal claims of the concept and new developments in the field related to the crises of democracy. Finally, the conclusion will detail the importance of making effective transitional justice taking into consideration not only the criticism the concept must address but also the current challenges posed by a growing wave of authoritarianism around the globe.

Historical Background

Paige Arthur (2009) tries to recover the definition of an autonomous field of transitional justice when she...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)Belo HorizonteBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marcelo Galuppo
    • 1
  • Vitor Medrado
    • 2
  1. 1.College of LawFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil