Dealing with a violent past: The impact of transitional justice

Elin Skaar, Åse Johanne Roti Dahl (2014)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 11 no. 5) 4 p.

This brief assesses the impact of transitional justice mechanisms on peace and democracy. Based on four case studies from Africa and Latin America, it argues that the expected positive effects of transitional justice may be too high. Transitional justice processes are complex and dynamic and may change substantially over time. The distinction between short term and long term impact is essential.