VIDEO: Taking stock of transitional justice: challenges and opportunities
Pablo de Greiff, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, speaks at the Essex Transitional Justice Network's Annual Lecture. ©2013 University of Essex. (English)

— Abstract

Although transitional justice and development measures are frequently deployed in the same contexts, efforts to establish direct links between them are still nascent. Recent political events, such as the “Arab spring,” along with trends in development thinking suggest that future programs will show a better integration of the two fields. Justice is an inherent part of, and contributes to the required conditions for development. In particular, transitional justice helps societies overcome a weakened agency and the depletion of civic trust by fostering recognition and promoting trust. Agency and trust are effects that appeal to two main social mechanisms: norm-affirmation and the articulation—or disarticulation—of formal and informal groups within society.

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— Suggested Readings

De Greiff, P. (2011). “Transitional Justice, Security, and Development,” Input Paper, Security and Justice Thematic Paper, World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development, Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

De Greiff, Pablo and Roger Duthie., (eds). (2009). Transitional Justice and Development: Making Connections. New York: Social Sciences Research Council. [5MB]

De Greiff, Pablo. (2006). The handbook of reparations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

International Journal for Transitional Justice (2008). “Special Issue: Transitional Justice and Development,” 2(3).

Ramírez-Barat, Clara. (2012). Making an impact: guidelines on designing and implementing outreach programs for transitional justice. International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, NY, US.

Rettberg, Angélika. (2005). Entre el perdón y el paredón preguntas y dilemas de la justicia transicional. Bogotá, D.C.: Universidad de Los Andes. (Résumé en français disponible ici)

Roger Duthie. (2014). “Transitional Justice, Development, and Economic Violence,” in Sharp, Dustin N. (ed.), Justice and Economic Violence in Transition. New York: Springer.

Torres, Cesar. (2011). Colombia's disarmed paramilitaries: is alternative justice an option? The SecDev Group, Ottawa, Canada.

World Bank (2011). World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. [5MB]