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Perspectives in Comparative Politics

The Development of Institutions of Human Rights

A Comparative Study

Editors: Barria, L., Roper, S. (Eds.)

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During the transition to democracy, states have used various mechanisms to address previous human rights abuses including  trials, truth and reconciliation commissions and internationalized tribunals. This volume analyzes the transitional justice choices made by four countries: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Sierra Leone and East Timor.

About the authors


LILIAN A. BARRIA is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University, USA and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar at Georgetown University. 
 
STEVEN D. ROPER is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University, USA and a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar at Georgetown University.

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"The Development of Institutions of Human Rights is a wonderful contribution to the transitional justice literature. The authors walk the reader through a series of different and very detailed cases while never losing sight of the common goal that binds this book together - understanding transitional justice. This comparative method allows the reader to make normative judgments on each approach, thus providing insight for both academics and policymakers alike. The reader of this book walks away with a better conceptualization of both the methods employed in these cases and the benefits/drawbacks of each method. In short, the insightful and comprehensive nature in which Barria and Roper set up this text make it a must read for anyone interested in the debate about how governments address past human rights abuses." - Eric K. Leonard, Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs, Shenandoah University

"One of the most daunting tasks facing social scientists is developing mechanisms by which the cause of transitional justice can be advanced in post-conflict societies. This is complex in part because it involves promoting peace, justice, and truth and reconciliation simultaneously. This volume makes a compelling case for blending restorative and retributive justice based on comparative historical studies. It sheds enormous light on conceptual confusion surrounding the notion of reconciliation and mechanisms that can be used to promote it. The cases reviewed in this volume, informed by substantial fieldwork, demonstrate that various transnational justice mechanisms can be used at the same time. A topical and timely study, this contribution merits particular attention by scholars, activists, and policymakers alike." - Mahmood Monshipouri, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Mechanisms of Transitional Justice

    Barria, Lilian A. (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Argentina’s Proceso: Societal “Reform” through Premeditated Terror

    Wilson, Timothy

    Pages 17-32

  • Successes and Limitations of the CONADEP Experience in the Determination of Responsibilities for Human Rights Violations in Argentina

    Crenzel, Emilio

    Pages 33-48

  • Recalling the Legacy of the 1985 Trial of the Military in Argentina

    Paolantonio, Mario

    Pages 49-61

  • Violence Born of History/History Born of Violence: A Brief Context for Understanding the Bosnian War

    Morus, Christina M.

    Pages 65-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Development of Institutions of Human Rights
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study
Editors
  • L. Barria
  • S. Roper
Series Title
Perspectives in Comparative Politics
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Lilian A. Barria and Steven D. Roper
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10948-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230109483
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7652-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7653-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 224
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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