Transformative justice: remedying human rights violations beyond transition

Evans, Matthew (2018) Transformative justice: remedying human rights violations beyond transition. Transitional Justice Series . Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 978-0-8153-7562-3 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Transitional justice mechanisms employed in post-conflict and post-authoritarian contexts have largely focused upon individual violations of a narrow set of civil and political rights, as well as the provision of legal and quasi-legal remedies, such as truth commissions, amnesties and prosecutions. In contrast, this book highlights the significance of structural violence in producing and reproducing rights violations. The book further argues that, in order to remedy structural violations of human rights, there is a need to utilise a different toolkit from that typically employed in the transitional justice context. The book sets out and applies a definition of transformative justice as expanding upon, and providing an alternative to, transitional justice. Focusing on a comparative study of social movements, nongovernmental organisations and trade unions working on land and housing rights in South Africa, the book argues that networks of this kind make an important contribution to processes advancing transformative justice. Providing an opportunity for affected communities to articulate their concerns over socio-economic rights issues, such networks provide a vital means by which existing structures and practices may be contested.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Human rights, transitional justice, transformative justice, socioeconomic rights, land, housing, social movements, nongovernmental organisations, trade unions, South Africa, networks, post-conflict, post-apartheid, post-authoritarian
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Depositing User: Matthew Evans
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 09:56
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 09:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74338
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