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Part III Thematic Chapters, C Accountability, 16 Transitional justice mechanisms: challenges and opportunities

Valentina Cadelo

From: The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014

Edited By: Annyssa Bellal

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 November 2020

Subject(s):
Military assistance — Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — Humanitarian intervention — Reparations — Armed forces

This chapter seeks to examine the value of adopting a holistic approach in the wake of armed conflict. Given that much attention is already devoted to prosecution mechanisms, this chapter looks at how other components of transitional justice — truth seeking, reparation, and institutional reform — or a combination thereof may contribute to the promotion of accountability and, at the same time, offer responses to the justice and reconciliation needs of the victims and communities affected by armed conflict. The chapter is divided in three parts. The first section opens with an overview of the contribution and limits of prosecution in the wake of armed conflict. The second section looks at the other three transitional justice pillars, namely truth seeking, reparation, and institutional reform. In so doing, attention is given in particular to the various mechanisms and measures through which these principles are implemented. The final section concludes with an overview of transitional justice practice in 2014.

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