Critical Transitional Justice (CTJ)
Since the coining of the phrase in the late 1990s, “transitional justice” has become a buzzword, embraced by scholars and practitioners alike. Hundreds of books and articles, chapters as well as several research institutes, and a journal have been dedicated to its analysis. Mechanisms of transitional justice have come to be seen as integral to the promotion of the rule of law the world over. Given this flurry of activity, and its far-ranging real-world effects, the “Critical Transitional Justice” project, a transatlantic partnership between three institutions of higher learning, will evaluate the theory and practice of transitional justice in a comprehensive, critical, and broadly interdisciplinary fashion. Our approach is decidedly critical—and thus markedly different from existing approaches to the study of transitional justice. This project, which will consist of three workshops during the 2017-18 academic year – one in New York (late October 2017), one in London (mid-December 2017), and one in Amherst, MA (Spring 2018) – culminating in the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice in 2018.
Amherst College -- Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
London School of Economics -- Department of International Relations
Rutgers University -- Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights