'Closing the Books': The genealogy of transitional justice (TJ) / Muhammad Danial Azman

Azman, M. D. (2016) 'Closing the Books': The genealogy of transitional justice (TJ) / Muhammad Danial Azman. SARJANA, 31 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1823-7746,

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Drawing from secondary literature and three years of fieldwork in various post-conflict societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, this article revisits the conceptual development of a term ‘Transitional Justice (TJ)’ in order to illuminate the political construction and deconstruction of TJ in international politics. Major patterns and themes are identified within the international thought and practice of TJ to unravel its potentials and pitfalls, with the aim to emphasise the difficulty in ‘defining justice’ in war-torn societies. TJ mechanisms are explored which indicate more culpability for perpetrators and compensation for victims in the midst of authoritarianism and civil wars across the globe. There is an immediate pragmatic need to move beyond rigid and thick legal positivist traditions and going beyond romanticising ‘liberal’ values that TJ represent in arriving at an epistemological understanding about TJ. As such, and drawing from poststructuralist intellectual strands in International Relations, this article illuminates the unstable binary distinction between the idea that both law and politics represents in ‘defining’ TJ.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transitional justice, Post-conflict societies, Transitional politics, Critical approach, Liberal cosmopolitanism, Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Muhammad Danial Azman
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 01:53
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 09:13
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18526

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