Centre for Global Development

Global Justice and Development

justiceTransformative Justice

Researchers at the Centre for Global Development are currently working with the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York on issues of Transformative Justice, and are part of the Transformative Justice Network. This network brings together an international team of scholars interested in various aspects of transformative justice after mass violence and the role of non-governmental actors.

Over the past 20 years, there has been a remarkable proliferation of ‘transitional justice’ mechanisms (primarily, criminal tribunals and truth commissions) that have promised accountability for perpetrators and redress for victims. Most of these have focused on the level of the state and on state-related institutions in countries of the Global South, often supported by intergovernmental organisations. Yet the performance and impact of such mechanisms has been at best ambiguous and at times disappointing.

This suggests the need for a new research agenda, one that offers a concept of justice that is more ‘transformative’ than ‘transitional’, i.e. that seeks to change pre-conflict structures in ways that are more inclusive, less unequal and more fair.  For more information visit the Transformative Justice Network.

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