Transitional Justice

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byRuti G. Teitel

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At the century's end, societies all over the world are throwing off the yoke of authoritarian rule and beginning to build democracies. At any such time of radical change, the question arises: should a society punish its ancien regime or let bygones be bygones? Transitional Justice takes thisquestion to a new level with an interdisciplinary approach that challenges the very terms of the contemporary debate. Ruti Teitel explores the recurring dilemma of how regimes should respond to evil rule, arguing against the prevailing view favoring punishment, yet contending that the law nevertheless plays a profound role in periods of radical change. Pursuing a comparative and historical approach, she presents acompelling analysis of constitutional, legislative, and administrative responses to injustice following political upheaval. She proposes a new normative conception of justice--one that is highly politicized--offering glimmerings of the rule of law that, in her view, have become symbols of liberaltransition. Its challenge to the prevailing assumptions about transitional periods makes this timely and provocative book essential reading for policymakers and scholars of revolution and new democracies.

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At the century's end, societies all over the world are throwing off the yoke of authoritarian rule and beginning to build democracies. At any such time of radical change, the question arises: should a society punish its ancien regime or let bygones be bygones? Transitional Justice takes thisquestion to a new level with an interdiscipli...

Ruti G. Teitel is at New York Law School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151267

ISBN - 13:9780195151268

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Rule of Law2. Criminal Justice3. Historical Justice4. Reparatory Justice5. Administrative Justice6. Constitutional Justice7. Towards a Theory of Transitional Justice

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"The book is an ambitious effort comprehensively to look at law and justice in periods of radical political change... a provocative attempt to construct a general theory of transition... There is no doubt that the author has contributed to the important discussion about the appropriate meansfor liberal states to respond to prior periods of injustice."--The Review of Politics