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Springer Series in Transitional Justice

Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa

The Role of Civil Society

Editors: Brankovic, Jasmina, van der Merwe, Hugo (Eds.)

  • Provides an up-to-date African regional perspective on effective transitional justice, including truth commissions, reparations, prosecutions, and the African Union  
  • Offers insights on how to best use the state–civil society relationship in Africa for transitional justice measures  
  • Includes contributions from African scholars as well as local transitional justice practitioners   
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About this book

This edited volume examines the role of local civil society in shaping understandings and processes of transitional justice in Africa – a nursery of transitional justice ideas for well over two decades. It brings together practitioners and scholars with intimate knowledge of these processes to evaluate the agendas and strategies of local civil society, and offers an opportunity to reflect on ‘lessons learnt’ along the way. The contributors focus on the evolution and effectiveness of transitional justice interventions, providing a glimpse into the motivations and inner workings of major civil society actors. 

The book presents an African perspective on transitional justice through a compilation of country-specific and thematic analyses of agenda setting and lobbying efforts. It offers insights into state–civil society relations on the continent, which shape these agendas. The chapters present case studies from Southern, Central, East, West and North Africa, and a range of moments and types of transition. In addition to historical perspective, the chapters provide fresh and up-to- date analyses of ongoing transitional justice efforts that are key to defining the future of how the field is understood globally, in theory and in practice

Endorsements:
"This great volume of written work – Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society – does what virtually no other labor of the intellect has done heretofore. Authored by movement activists and thinkers in the fields of human rights and transitional justice, the volume wrestles with the complex place and roles of transitional justice in the project of societal reconstruction in Africa. … This volume will serve as a timely and thought-provoking guide for activists, thinkers, and policy makers – as well as students of transitional justice – interested in the tension between the universal and the particular in the arduous struggle for liberation. Often, civil society actors in Africa have been accused of consuming the ideas of others, but not producing enough, if any, of their own. This volume makes clear the spuriousness of this claim and firmly plants an African flag in the field of ideas.
Makau Mutua

About the authors

Jasmina Brankovic is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. She conducts research on comparative transitional justice, civil society and victims’ groups, and the intersection of transitional justice and social transformation. Her publications include The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice (2018).

Hugo van der Merwe is Director of Research, Knowledge and Learning at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Since joining CSVR in 1997, he has developed and managed numerous research advocacy and intervention projects relating to transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding in South Africa and the African continent. Hugo is the Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press). His publications include Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice (2009), Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? (2008) and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice (1993). Hugo received his doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University (1999).


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Civil Society in African Transitional Justice—Comparing Theory and Practice

    Brankovic, Jasmina

    Pages 1-16

  • Locating Civil Society in Kenya’s Transitional Justice Agenda: A Reflection on the Experience of the Kenya Transitional Justice Network with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission

    Songa, Andrew

    Pages 17-41

  • Transitional Justice in Liberia: The Interface Between Civil Society Organisations and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Dhizaala, James Tonny

    Pages 43-63

  • Taking Transitional Justice to the People: Challenges for Civil Society in Zimbabwe

    Njeru, Shastry

    Pages 65-89

  • Persistent Injuries, the Law and Politics: The South African Victims’ Support Group Khulumani and Its Struggle for Redress

    Puwana, Zukiswa (et al.)

    Pages 91-110

Buy this book

eBook 95,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70417-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 119,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70415-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa
Book Subtitle
The Role of Civil Society
Editors
  • Jasmina Brankovic
  • Hugo van der Merwe
Series Title
Springer Series in Transitional Justice
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70417-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70417-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70415-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 231
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