Transitional Justice

Gender-political perspectives for societies in transition

In post-war periods and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, gender-based forms of violence are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. Yet, only when they are paid due regard can lasting peace processes be established. Given this, it is important to subject transitional justice institutions and approaches to a detailed review. The results: until now, transitional justice has, in many places, failed to address the gender dimensions but increasingly so the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns.

This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.


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Date of Publication
April 2014
Number of Pages
Table of contents


  1. Introduction
    Structure of the study
  2. Transitional Justice – Conceptual Principles
    2.1 Emergence and definition
    2.2 Political and scientific disputes surrounding transitional justice
  3. Transitional Justice in Practice
    3.1 Approaches and institutions at the international and national level
    3.2 Instruments at the national level
    3.3 National and local level: Gacaca courts in Rwanda
    3.4 Other formalized and informal approaches
  4. Security Sector Reforms
  5. Conclusions


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