How is transitional justice carried out?

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What are the objectives of transitional justice? What are its means? This episode describes the four historical "pillars" of transitional justice and other measures that have been created and adapted to different situations. Commissions of inquiry, tribunals, reparations programmes, rites of purification, amnesties: the tools of transitional justice can be both very diverse and conflict with other requirements, exposing it to criticism. Yet this demonstrates that it is precisely from its difficulties that transitional justice derives its legitimacy, explains law professor Jean-Pierre Massias.

In partnership with IFJD

Every week, on social networks, readers of Justice Info ask us this question: what is transitional justice? So, in June 2021, when the Institut francophone pour la justice et la démocratie (IFJD) proposed a partnership on educational videos that it has produced but which, its managers think, deserve a wider public audience than academic circles, we had no hesitation.

IFJD’s top transitional justice experts explain in a few minutes the history of these mechanisms and practices of justice in the face of mass violence. They detail some of its main principles, illustrating them with concrete examples of how they have been implemented. And they introduce us to its many fields of application, which are constantly evolving.