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The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions

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  • Ms Sam Cook
    Call for Papers - 2009 IJTJ Special Issue (Deadline 15 April 2009) The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2009 special
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17 2:52 AM
      Call for Papers - 2009 IJTJ Special Issue (Deadline 15 April 2009)

      The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions
      for its 2009 special issue titled `Whose Justice? Global and Local
      Approaches to Transitional Justice' to be guest edited by Professor
      Kimberly Theidon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard
      University and Executive Director of Praxis Institute for Social Justice.

      A genealogy of transitional justice indicates that from the post-WWII
      tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo to the proliferation of tribunals and
      truth commissions in the present, the field of transitional justice
      has both expanded and normalized. The burgeoning of transitional
      justice is often associated with the post-Cold War political climate
      in which a significant number of authoritarian, oppressive and
      frequently violent nation-states began to transition towards peace and
      procedural democracy. Importantly, in the post-Cold War context the
      `new wars' increasingly involve multiple and armed non-state actors
      and, at times, massive civilian participation in the violence. Thus
      transitional justice practitioners are increasingly called upon to
      intervene in contexts in which the state is one perpetrator among
      many, and in which the issues of justice, redress and social
      reconstruction involve `intimate enemies.'

      To address these challenges, there has been an increased interest in
      local or community-based justice measures. For example, in his August
      2004 report on transitional justice and the rule of law, the UN
      Secretary General wrote that `due regard must be given to indigenous
      and informal traditions for administering justice or settling
      disputes, to help them to continue their often vital role and to do so
      in conformity with both international standards and local tradition.'
      Similarly, the UN Security Council in October of the same year
      underlined the `importance of assessing the particular justice and
      rule of law needs in each host country, taking into consideration the
      nature of the country's legal system, traditions and institutions, and
      of avoiding a "one size fits all" approach.'

      In this special issue of the IJTJ, we invite theoretical, practical
      and policy oriented papers that examine both the complementary and
      contradictory logics introduced when considering a politics of scale.
      Just as we advocate moving beyond the disciplinary fiefdoms that
      hamper our collective thinking on these issues, we also encourage
      thinking that explores the points of articulations between
      international, national and local transitional justice measures.


      Papers in this issue may address topics such as:

      * the definition of transitional justice and its goals — who defines
      the field and whether there are universal concepts which can be applied
      * the relationship between international justice mechanisms and local
      processes and priorities – including complementarity, sequencing and
      differing definitions of victimhood.
      * the role of actors/ stakeholders involved when introducing a
      politics of scale into our analyses
      * how do local priorities, histories and international standards
      converge and diverge and with what consequences
      * how do transitional justice mechanisms contribute, if they do, to
      the goal of reconciliation/ social reconstruction
      * how might local justice mechanisms be incorporated into state and
      international interventions
      * what is the role of ritual in accessing guilt and administering
      various forms of justice
      * traditional justice – its use and misuse in its application to
      transitional justice


      The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2009.
      Papers should be submitted online from the IJTJ webpage at
      www.ijtj.oxfordjournals.org
      For questions or further information, please contact the Managing
      Editor at ijtj(at)csvr.org.za
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