Posted on September 20, 2012


Transitional justice is practice of trying to establish principled justice after atrocity by employing a range of approaches, including both judicial and non-judicial measures, to help address a legacy of mass human rights abuses. How does this apply to Arab Spring? Kirsten Fisher writes a riveting two-part paper.

Justice in Conflict

Kirsten Fisher joins JiC for this timely and fascinating two-part post on the Arab Spring and Transitional Justice. Kirsten is the Gordon F. Henderson Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre and an affiliated research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. She is also the author of Moral Accountability and International Criminal Law (Routledge 2012) and co-author and co-editor of Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring (with Robert Stewart, forthcoming in Routledge’s Transitional Justice series). Enjoy!

Is the pursuit of transitional justice after the Arab Spring different than other attempts to find justice after mass violations of human rights and systemic violence? If so, what do the differences tell us?

The Arab Spring and the related political transitions are turning the Middle East and North Africa on their heads. Rulers have been forced…

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