Transitional Justice for Human Rights: The Legacy and Future of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Elin Skaar (2018)

Book Chapter by Elin Skaar (2018)  in Gerd Oberleitner (ed.) International Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals and Courts. International Human Rights Singapore: Springer.  Truth commissions are an integral component of transitional justice, that is, formal and informal mechanisms set up by the state or civil society to address human rights violations committed in the past. This chapter examines […]

Comisiones de la Verdad de Chile: Verdad y Reparaciones como Política de Estado

Sol Hourcade, Federico Ghelfi, Luz Palmás Zaldua, Marcela Perelman (2018)

This CMI report  (2018:14) was written by Sol Hourcade, Federico Ghelfi, Luz Palmás Zaldua, Marcela Perelman for the research project entitled “Beyond Words: Implementing Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations”. The research project is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, is funded by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2017) and headed by Elin Skaar. This publication […]

Comisión del Esclarecimiento Histórico: Guatemala, entre la memoria del silencio y el silencio de la memoria

Héctor Centeno Martín (2018)

This CMI report  (2018:13) was written by Héctor Centeno Martín for the research project entitled “Beyond Words: Implementing Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations”. The research project is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, is funded by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2017) and headed by Elin Skaar. This publication is in Spanish. El Informe Final […]

La Comisión de la Verdad para El Salvador: Manteniendo la paz a cambio de justicia

Elena Martínez-Barahona, Sonia Rubio-Padilla, Héctor Centeno Martín, Martha Gutiérrez-Salazar (2018)

This CMI report  (2018:12) was written by Elena Martínez-Barahona, Sonia Rubio-Padilla, Héctor Centeno Martín, Martha Gutiérrez-Salazar for the research project entitled “Beyond Words: Implementing Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations”. The research project is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, is funded by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2017) and headed by Elin Skaar. This publication […]

Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions: The Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective

Elin Skaar (2018)

Elin Skaar has written a book review of Anita Ferrara (2015) Assessing the long-term impact of truth commissions: The Chilean truth and reconciliation commission in historical perspective (Abingdon: Routledge). The review appeared in The Irish Yearbook of International Law, Volume 11-12, 2016-17 It is part of the “Beyond Words: Latin American Truth Commissions’ Recommendations” project. Read more: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-irish-yearbook-of-international-law-volume-11-12-2016-17-9781509925643/

Building a better world by establishing a Truth Commission: Incomplete healing in El Salvador

Stener Ekern (2018)

This CMI working paper (2018:7) was written by Stener Ekern for the research project entitled “Beyond Words: Implementing Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations”. The research project is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, is funded by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2017) and headed by Elin Skaar. On 17 October 1992, as a consultant to […]

After the War: Displaced Women, Ordinary Ethics, and Grassroots Reconstruction in Colombia

Julieta Lemaitre (2016)

Social & Legal Studies

This article examines internally displaced women’s narratives of rebuilding their life after displacement, focusing on questions of moral agency and community governance. The data come from a 3-year research project (2010–2013) with internally displaced women in Colombia, during the emergence of a new transitional justice regime. The article finds in internally displaced women’s narratives of […]

Transitional Justice in Latin America. The uneven road from impunity towards accountability.

Elin Skaar, Jemima García-Godos and Cath Collins (eds.) Transitional Justice in Latin America. The uneven road from impunity towards accountability. Routledge, Oxon & New York. (2016)

Skaar, E., García-Godos, J. and C. Collins. (2016). Transitional Justice in Latin America. The uneven road from impunity towards accountability. Routledge, London and New York.

This is the first book to comprehensively and systematically trace the trajectory from impunity towards accountability for past human rights violations in the Latin American region. Based on rich historical analysis, the international team of authors track, across time, the accountability achievements and challenges of nine countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, […]

One step forward and many to the side: combating gender violence in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Torunn Wimpelmann (2015)

Women's Studies International Forum

This article by Torunn Wimpelmann (CMI)  offers some reflections on the efforts over the last decade to combat violence against women in Afghanistan through reforms of laws and the justice system. The paper identifies two intersecting factors that have curtailed the transformative impact of these efforts. Firstly, law-making and legal practices have become infused with […]

After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy

Elin Skaar, Camila Gianella Malca, Trine Eide (2015)

London: Routledge (Transitional Justice Series)

This book examines the effects of transitional justice on the development of peace and democracy. Anticipated contributions of transitional justice mechanisms are commonly stated in universal terms, with little regard for historically specific contexts. Yet a truth commission, for example, will not have the same function in a society torn by long-term civil war or genocide […]