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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Situations

Anja Seibert-Fohr

Subject(s):
Reparation — Disarmament — Transitional justice — War crimes — Prosecution — Armed conflict, non-international — Conduct of hostilities

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Transitional justice describes a field of international law which is concerned with the question how to confront a situation of past large-scale human rights violations and humanitarian abuses in a period of transition to peace and democracy. Though this problem as a matter of post-conflict justice regularly arises in the context of armed conflict, transitional justice also deals with past abuses committed by dictatorship and authoritarian regimes. Whereas investigation, criminal prosecution, and reparation usually constitute a central aspect of transitional...
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