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…]

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…]

From Transitional to Transformative justice: An agenda for research and practice

From Transitional to Transformative justice:  An agenda for research and practice

By Simon Robins and Paul Gready Transitional justice has become a globally dominant lens through which to approach states addressing legacies of a violent past, and an industry of praxis has emerged, supported by dedicated NGOs and large-scale funding from Western donors. Yet, the performance and impact of transitional justice mechanisms has been at best … [Keep reading…]