Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change by Bronwyn Leebaw

By Bronwyn Leebaw

How may still state-sponsored atrocities be judged and remembered? This arguable query animates modern debates on transitional justice and reconciliation. This publication reconsiders the legacies of 2 associations that reworked the idea and perform of transitional justice. while the Nuremberg Trials exemplify the promise of legalism and overseas legal justice, South Africa's fact and Reconciliation fee promoted restorative justice and fact commissions. Bronwyn Leebaw argues that the 2 frameworks percentage a typical challenge: either depend on felony justice ideas to enquire stories of person sufferers and perpetrators, which undermines their severe position as responses to systematic atrocities. Drawing at the paintings of influential transitional justice associations and thinkers resembling Judith Shklar, Hannah Arendt, José Zalaquett, and Desmond Tutu, Leebaw deals a brand new method of wondering the serious position of transitional justice - person who emphasizes the significance of political judgment and investigations that study complicity in, and resistance to, systematic atrocities. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

Show description

Read Online or Download Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change PDF

Similar human rights books

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It

“Human trafficking isn't really a subject matter of the left or correct, blue states or crimson states, yet an exceptional ethical tragedy we will unite to prevent . . . now not on the market is a must-read to work out how one can sign up for the struggle. ” —Jim Wallis, writer of God's Politics
“David Batstone is a heroic personality. ” —Bono
In the revised and up to date model of this harrowing but deeply inspirational exposé, award-winning journalist David Batstone supplies the main updated info on hand at the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic. With profiles of twenty-first century abolitionists like Thailand’s Kru Nam and Peru’s Lucy Borja, Batstone tells readers what they could do to forestall the fashionable slave exchange. Like Kevin Bales’ Disposable humans and finishing Slavery, or E. Benjamin Skinner’s a criminal offense So enormous, Batstone’s now not on the market is an informative and precious manifesto for common freedom.

Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance: A Resource Book

Written via a Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate who's one of many major voices within the anti-landmines crusade, this well timed publication is a finished, functional advisor to landmines and unexploded ordnance.

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

Offering a special perception into how activists and social switch advocates are addressing Africa's many demanding situations from inside, this selection of essays by means of these engaged in utilizing cell phone applied sciences for social switch offers an research of the socioeconomic, political, and media contexts confronted by means of activists in Africa this present day.

Papua's Insecurity: State Failure in the Indonesian Periphery

West Papua is the main violent sector of Indonesia. Indonesian defense forces conflict the country’s final energetic separatist insurgency there. the vast majority of Indonesia’s political prisoners are Papuans, and aid for independence is widespread.
But army repression and indigenous resistance are just one a part of a fancy topography of lack of confidence in Papua: vigilantism, extended family clash, and other kinds of horizontal violence produce extra casualties than the vertical clash that's usually the particular concentration of overseas bills of up to date Papua. equally, Papua’s coerced incorporation into Indonesia in 1969 isn't really precise; it mirrors a development of long term annexation present in different distant and highland parts of South and Southeast Asia. What distinguishes Papua is the near-total absence of the country in indigenous components. this can be the end result of a morass of coverage disorder through the years that compounds the lack of confidence that normal Papuans face.
The writer illuminates the varied and native assets of lack of confidence that point out too little country in preference to an excessive amount of, demanding situations universal perceptions of lack of confidence in Papua, and gives a prescription of coverage projects. those comprise the reform of a violent and unaccountable protection quarter as part of a broader reconciliation approach and the pressing desire for a finished indigenous-centered improvement coverage.

Extra resources for Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change

Sample text

76 Because it is concerned with action, phronesis deals with particulars rather than universals. 79 This understanding of political judgment may be discerned in prominent accounts of restorative justice. 80 From this perspective, it is a mistake to presume that political judgment is antithetical to collective moral aspirations. Yet a critical moral response to systematic, politically authorized injustice cannot rely on community tradition, past shared experience, or conventional wisdom and must instead examine how prevailing notions of “common sense” might have been implicated in the abuses under investigation.

For an alternative interpretation of Thucydides, see Richard Ned Lebow, The Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests, and Orders (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 65–167. See Michael Joseph Smith, Realist Thought from Weber to Kissinger (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986). José Zalaquett, “Balancing Ethical Imperatives and Political Constraints: The Dilemma of New Democracies Confronting Past Human Rights Violations,” Hastings Law Journal 43 (1992): 1425–38. 12 on Thu Oct 11 11:03:41 BST 2012.

Efforts to pursue such an agenda cannot rely on the technical acumen of professional policy makers, but also require political judgment. Third, the book addresses ongoing debates on the relationship between the politics of memory and change. Transitional justice institutions and practices have long been challenged on the grounds that to insist on investigating or commemorating past atrocities and injustices is a self-defeating or ultimately paralyzing activity. 87 In this view, common among conservatives, countries should be free to selectively emphasize heroic episodes from their histories as a basis for establishing unity, patriotism, and pride, without facing continual pressure to integrate past atrocities into their collective identity.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.17 of 5 – based on 46 votes