What Do We Know about Post-Conflict Transitional Justice from Academic Research: Key Insights for Practitioners

Charlotte Fiedler, Karina Mross
Content Type
Policy Brief
German Development Institute (DIE)
Societies that have experienced violent conflict face considerable challenges in building sustainable peace. One crucial question they need to address is how to deal with their violent past and atrocities that were committed – for example, whether perpetrators should be held accountable by judicial means, or whether the focus should be laid on truth telling and the compensation of victims. Transitional justice (TJ) offers a range of instruments that aim to help societies come to terms with their history of violent conflict. Systematic, empirical analyses of TJ instruments have been emerging over the last years. This Briefing Paper summarises the policy-relevant insights they provide regarding the main TJ instruments: trials; truth commissions; reparations for victims; and amnesties.
Conflict Resolution, Transitional Justice, Political Science, Peace, Justice
Political Geography
Colombia, Germany, Global Focus