Tunisia: a note on victim regions

Tunisia: a note on victim regions

In a transitional justice first, some of Tunisia’s poorest and most underdeveloped regions have been filing for “victim” status at the Instance Vérité et Dignité (Truth and Dignity Commission – IVD). It’s unknown territory for transitional justice, which is used to thinking of victims as individuals rather than as regions. The key dynamic that the ‘victim … [Keep reading…]

Researching transitional justice

Researching transitional justice

By Paul Gready In January 2015 I spent a week in Tunisia with a group of colleagues and local partners, launching one project (the Transitional Justice Barometer) and training researchers for another (Transformative Justice in Tunisia). This blog is a reflection on the early stages of two transitional justice research projects, and covers three themes: … [Keep reading…]

Transformative Justice: A research bulletin – February 2015

Transformative Justice: A research bulletin - February 2015

Introduction The Arab world was shaken in 2011 by a series of popular movements, collectively known as the ‘Arab spring(s)’, which have challenged long established authoritarian regimes. What will be the medium and long term impacts of these uprisings? Who is driving (and contesting) change, and what kind of change is being sought? This study … [Keep reading…]

‘Epistemologies of the South’ and Transformation

‘Epistemologies of the South’ and Transformation

By Eric Hoddy I’d been waiting for this book to appear for a while, having been intrigued by some of Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ earlier work such as Toward a New Legal Common Sense and his collection, Law and Globalization from Below (co-edited with César Rodriguez-Garavito). Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide, which was … [Keep reading…]

Tunisia: The legal definition of collective victimhood and transformative reparations

Tunisia: The legal definition of collective victimhood and transformative reparations

One of the greatest challenges for transformative change in times of political transition is the addressing not only of histories of acts of violence, but also those of structural violence, where power relations are manifest through the systematic and collective violation of social and economic rights. In many contexts, we see marginalised populations being systematically … [Keep reading…]

Briefing Note: From Transitional to Transformative Justice: A new agenda for practice

Briefing Note: From Transitional to Transformative Justice: A new agenda for practice

By Paul Gready and Simon Robins This briefing note represents a summary of the emerging Transformative Justice agenda.  The note is a brief summary of the critique of transitional justice from which the agenda emerges, and an exploration of a range of tools that can create a new, more transformative, practice. Transformative justice is understood … [Keep reading…]

Transformation without transition in Egypt?

Transformation without transition in Egypt?

By Paul Gready This research project was motivated by a frustration that mainstream transitional justice fails to produce transformation in structures of exclusion and discrimination – in short, by transitions without transformation. As such, it is something of an irony that in one of our case study countries, Egypt, we are now faced with having … [Keep reading…]

The IMF and the search for policy alternatives in transitional settings

The IMF and the search for policy alternatives in transitional settings

By Paul Gready The International Monetary Fund (IMF) often looms large in transitional politics, which provide a window of opportunity for external interventions in sectors as diverse as the economy and transitional justice. External interventions share certain core characteristic, three of which will be addressed in this blog: the dominance of top-down, prescriptive approaches; a … [Keep reading…]