During the transition to democracy, states have used various mechanisms to address previous human rights abuses including domestic trials, truth and reconciliation commissions and internationalized tribunals. This volume analyzes the transitional justice choices made by four countries: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Sierra Leone and East Timor. For each country, there is a chapter which provides a historical overview concerning the causes of the conflict and two subsequent chapters which highlight a different method of transitional justice implemented. The volume highlights the opportunities and the constraints faced by states and the international community to provide accountability for human rights violations.
"The Development of Institutions of Human Rights is a wonderful contribution to the transitional justice literature. The authors walk the reader through a series of different and very detailed cases while never losing sight of the common goal that binds this book together - understanding transitional justice. This comparative method allows the reader to make normative judgments on each approach, thus providing insight for both academics and policymakers alike. The reader of this book walks away with a better conceptualization of both the methods employed in these cases and the benefits/drawbacks of each method. In short, the insightful and comprehensive nature in which Barria and Roper set up this text make it a must read for anyone interested in the debate about how governments address past human rights abuses." - Eric K. Leonard, Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs, Shenandoah University
"One of the most daunting tasks facing social scientists is developing mechanisms by which the cause of transitional justice can be advanced in post-conflict societies. This is complex in part because it involves promoting peace, justice, and truth and reconciliation simultaneously. This volume makes a compelling case for blending restorative and retributive justice based on comparative historical studies. It sheds enormous light on conceptual confusion surrounding the notion of reconciliation and mechanisms that can be used to promote it. The cases reviewed in this volume, informed by substantial fieldwork, demonstrate that various transnational justice mechanisms can be used at the same time. A topical and timely study, this contribution merits particular attention by scholars, activists, and policymakers alike." - Mahmood Monshipouri, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University