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The chapters in this volume consider a wide range of approaches to accountability and peacebuilding. These include not only domestic courts and tribunals, hybrid tribunals, or the International Criminal Court, but also truth commissions and informal or non-state justice and conflict resolution processes. Taken together, they demonstrate the wealth of experiences and experimentation in transitional justice processes on the continent.

CHANDRA LEKHA SRIRAM is Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law, University of East London, United Kingdom. She is also the Chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section and consults on issues of governance and conflict prevention for the United Nations Development Programme.
SUREN PILLAY is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance programme of the Human Sciences Research Council.

Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana & Namibia): University of KwaZulu-Natal Press



Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award, 2011
Excellent and well-timed. It covers key and sensitive issues about African transitional justice. It is recommended reading for policy makers, scholars, human rights activists, practitioners and those with a general interest in transitional justice. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW

The volume offers a unique insider analysis by practitioners who have participated in developing or implementing the justice mechanisms discussed. [It] offers a comprehensive look at transitional justice mechanisms in the African context and provides adequate background as well as critical analyses that could be informative to both the general public and experts alike. AFRICAN STUDIES QUARTERLY


First Published: 15 Apr 2010
13 Digit ISBN: 9781847010216
Pages: 387
Size: 24 x 17
Binding: Paperback
Imprint: James Currey
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction: Transitional Justice & Peacebuilding
  • 2  Part I: Peace & Justice in Africa
  • 3  Peace & the Politics of Justice in Africa
  • 4  Inclusive Justice: The Limitations of Trial Justice & Truth Commissions
  • 5  Prosecute or Pardon? Between Truth Commissions & War Crimes Trials
  • 6  Gender & Truth & Reconciliation Commissions: Comparative Reflections
  • 7  Transitional Justice, Democratisation & the Rule of Law
  • 8  Part II: Truth & Reconciliation Processes
  • 9  Peace versus Justice: Truth & Reconciliation Commissions & War Crimes Tribunals in Africa
  • 10  Reflecting on the Sierra Leone Truth & Reconciliation: A Peacebuilding Perspective
  • 11  Peace versus Justice? A View from Nigeria
  • 12  A Path to Peace: Ghana & the National Reconciliation Commission
  • 13  Peace & Justice: Mozambique & Sierra Leone Compared
  • 14  Part III: War Crimes Tribunals
  • 15  Sierra Leone's 'not so' Special Court
  • 16  Charles Taylor & the Special Court for Sierra Leone: Politics, Interests & Agendas
  • 17  The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Reconciling the Acquitted
  • 18  Part IV: Indigenous Justice
  • 19  The Politics of Peace, Justice & Healing in Post-war Mozambique 'Practices of Rapture' by Magamba Spirits & Healers in Gorongosa
  • 20  Indigenous Justice or Political Instrument? The Modern Gacaca Courts of Rwanda
  • 21  Part V The International Criminal Court: Problems & Prospects
  • 22  The International Criminal Court Africa Experiment: The Central African Republic, Darfur, Northern Uganda & the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 23  The International Criminal Court in Darfur
  • 24  Conclusion