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Jurisprudence

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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An Excuse-Centered Approach To Transitional Justice, David C. Gray Jan 2006

An Excuse-Centered Approach To Transitional Justice, David C. Gray

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Transitional justice asks what successor regimes, committed to human rights and the rule of law, can and should do to seek justice for atrocities perpetrated by and under their predecessors. The normal instinct is to prosecute criminally everyone implicated in past wrongs; but practical conditions in transitions make this impossible. As a result, most transitions pursue hybrid approaches, featuring prosecutions of those most responsible, amnesties, truth commissions, and reparations. This approach is often condemned as a compromise against justice. This article advances a transitional jurisprudence that justifies the hybrid approach by taking normative account of the unique conditions that define ...