Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Evaluating Transitional Justice

Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

Editors: Ainley, K., Friedman, R., Mahony, C. (Eds.)

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This major study examines the successes and failures of the full transitional justice programme in Sierra Leone. It sets out the implications of the Sierra Leonean experience for other post-conflict situations and for the broader project of evaluating transitional justice.

About the authors

Matthew R. Crowe, Trinity Chambers, UK David Harris, University of Bradford, UK Brenda J. Hollis, Residual SCSL, The Netherlands Paul Jackson, Political Economist Wayne Jordash QC, Global Rights Compliance, UK Richard Lappin, University of Leuven, Belgium Kieran Mitton, King's College London, UK Valerie Oosterveld, University of Western Ontario, Canada Mohamed Sesay, McGill University, Canada Yasmin Sooka, Foundation for Human Rights, South Africa

Reviews

'This book charts the way forward for studies at the boundaries of law and politics. Not only does it present detailed research on the case of Sierra Leone, but it also tackles the somewhat amorphous notion of transitional justice itself, bringing together different and sometimes competing perspectives and presenting a framework for evaluating transitional justice in other contexts. It is essential reading for researchers and practitioners operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.'

James Gow, Professor of International Peace and Security, King's College London

How to evaluate the success of transitional justice? This insightful book sheds needed light on the problem in its contemporary manifestation; offering an interdisciplinary lens that encompasses the range of current global phenomena and adding significantly to our understanding of the comparative law and politics of these questions on the ground.

Ruti Teitel, Ernst C.Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School

This important new volume will be of great interest both to those concerned with evaluating efforts to pursue accountability after conflict in Sierra Leone and also to anyone engaged in broader debates within transitional justice, particularly over the implementation of retributive and restorative policies. Practitioners and scholars alike will find this book highly illuminating.

Chandra Lekha Sriram, Professor of International Law and International Relations, University of East London

'Evaluating Transitional Justice' is a major advance in how we think about transitional justice success and failure in Sierra Leone and elsewhere. The authors provide groundbreaking contextualized analyses of the selection, design and function of TJ measures. This is an indispensable contribution to the transitional justice literature.'

Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

'Evaluating Transitional Justice' provides no easy answers, but in exposing us to the often contradictory views of its experts, this invaluable book reminds us of how critically important it is to get transitional justice mechanisms right, so that the terrible injustices of the past are not repeated in the future.'

Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; former Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone

'This important new volume will be of great interest both to those concerned with evaluating efforts to pursue accountability after conflict in Sierra Leone and also to anyone engaged in broader debates within transitional justice, particularly over the implementation of retributive and restorative policies. Practitioners and scholars alike will find this book highly illuminating.' Chandra Lekha Sriram, Professor of International Law and International Relations, University of East London


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone: Theory, History and Evaluation

    Ainley, Kirsten (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Evaluating the Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

    Hollis, Brenda J.

    Pages 19-34

  • The Truth about the Truth: Insider Reflections on the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Mahony, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 35-54

  • Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone: Promises and Limitations

    Friedman, Rebekka

    Pages 55-76

  • A Political Tool? The Politics of Case Selection at the Special Court for Sierra Leone

    Mahony, Chris

    Pages 77-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evaluating Transitional Justice
Book Subtitle
Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone
Editors
  • K. Ainley
  • R. Friedman
  • C. Mahony
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46822-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137468222
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46821-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 293
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