Author :Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo Van Der Merwe


Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society
Edited by Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo van der Merwe

This edited volume examines the role of local civil society in shaping understandings and processes of transitional justice in Africa – a nursery of transitional justice ideas for well over two decades. It brings together practitioners and scholars with intimate knowledge of these processes to evaluate the agendas and strategies of local civil society, and offers an opportunity to reflect on ‘lessons learnt’ along the way. The contributors focus on the evolution and effectiveness of transitional justice interventions, providing a glimpse into the motivations and inner workings of major civil society actors.

The book presents an African perspective on transitional justice through a compilation of country-specific and thematic analyses of agenda setting and lobbying efforts. It offers insights into state–civil society relations on the continent, which shape these agendas. The chapters present case studies from Southern, Central, East, West and North Africa, and a range of moments and types of transition. In addition to historical perspective, the chapters provide fresh and up-to- date analyses of ongoing transitional justice efforts that are key to defining the future of how the field is understood globally, in theory and in practice.

"This great volume of written work – Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society – does what virtually no other labour of the intellect has done heretofore. Authored by movement activists and thinkers in the fields of human rights and transitional justice, the volume wrestles with the complex place and roles of transitional justice in the project of societal reconstruction in Africa. … This volume will serve as a timely and thought-provoking guide for activists, thinkers, and policy makers – as well as students of transitional justice – interested in the tension between the universal and the particular in the arduous struggle for liberation. Often, civil society actors in Africa have been accused of consuming the ideas of others, but not producing enough, if any, of their own. This volume makes clear the spuriousness of this claim and firmly plants an African flag in the field of ideas." – Makau Mutua

Springer Series in Transitional Justice
ISBN: 978-3-319-70415-9

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Table of Contents

Makau Mutua

By Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo van der Merwe

Introduction: Civil Society in African Transitional Justice – Comparing Theory and Practice
By Jasmina Brankovic

Locating Civil Society in Kenya’s Transitional Justice Agenda: A Reflection on the Experience of the Kenya Transitional Justice Network with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission
By Andrew Songa

Transitional Justice in Liberia: The Interface between Civil Society and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
By James Dhizaala

Taking Transitional Justice to the People: Challenges for Civil Society in Zimbabwe
By Shastry Njeru

Persistent Injuries, the Law and Politics: The South African Victims’ Support Group Khulumani and Its Struggle for Redress
By Zukiswa Puwana and Rita Kesselring

Cooperation and Conflict: Civil Society Resistance and Engagement with Transitional Justice in Burundi
By Wendy Lambourne

Madly Off in All Directions: Civil Society and the Use of Customary Justice as Transitional Justice in Uganda
By Joanna R. Quinn

Civil Society Engagement with Communities: Tradition, Authority and Transitional Justice in Rural African Communities
By Andrew Iliff

Navigating the Storm: Civil Society and Ambiguous Transitions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia
By Noha Aboueldahab

Conclusion: The Role of Local Civil Society in Shaping Transitional Justice in Africa
By Hugo van der Merwe

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