Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: The Latin American Experience

Project Team: Elin Skaar

Timeframe: 09/01/2010 - 01/01/2015

The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive analytical framework for comparative analysis to explore how the choice of mechanisms for handling gross human rights violations (truth commissions, trials, amnesties, and reparations) may affect peace building. A twofold strategy will be used to develop the framework: First, by collecting and systematically examining and synthesising existing knowledge pertaining to the effects of transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms on peacebuilding and democratisation. Second, by carrying out an explorative empirical analysis of nine ‘post-authoritarian’ and ‘post-conflict’ cases in Latin America using a common template. This includes a comprehensive study of transitional justice initiatives in the ongoing peacebuilding process in Colombia.