Post-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El Salvador by Cath CollinsPost-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El Salvador by Cath Collins

Post-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El Salvador

byCath Collins

Paperback | March 31, 2011

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Latin America is still dealing with the legacy of terror and torture from its authoritarian past. In the years after the restoration of democratic governments in countries where violations of human rights were most rampant, the efforts to hold former government officials accountable were mainly conducted at the level of the state, through publicly appointed truth commissions and other such devices. This stage of “transitional justice” has been carefully and exhaustively studied. But as this first wave of efforts died down, with many still left unsatisfied that justice had been rendered, a new approach began to take over. In Post-transitional Justice, Cath Collins examines the distinctive nature of this approach, which combines evolving legal strategies by private actors with changes in domestic judicial systems. Collins presents both a theoretical framework and a finely detailed investigation of how this has played out in two countries, Chile and El Salvador. Drawing on more than three hundred interviews, Collins analyzes the reasons why the process achieved relative success in Chile but did not in El Salvador.

Cath Collins is Professor and Researcher in the School of Political Science at the University of Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. She is also an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, London, a member of the University of London Human Rights Consortium, and a Research Associate at Trinity College, Dublin.Cath Collins is Professor and Res...
Title:Post-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El SalvadorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271036885

ISBN - 13:9780271036885


Table of Contents



List of Acronyms and Abbreviations


1. Transitional Justice: Why We Need a New Framework

2. Post-transitional Justice

3. Studying Post-transitional Justice

4. Chile’s Human Rights Challenge: The Pinochet Years

5. No One Writes to the General: Post-transitional Justice in Chile

6. El Salvador’s Long War

7. Changing to Stay the Same: Post-transitional Justice in El Salvador

8. Comparative Analysis and Conclusions

Appendix: List of Interviews



Editorial Reviews

“This book should be required reading for scholars interested in the transitional justice debate.”

—Amy Risley, Bulletin of Latin American Research