International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

“The Case for Justice”

This video from the International Center for Transitional Justice makes the “case for justice” by highlighting different examples of countries in transition from violence (e.g. Colombia, Egypt, DRC, Uganda, Cambodia, etc.) and where there are impunity gaps.

  • Why is justice is necessary to ensure a transition to peace and, maybe, democracy?
  • What are the different obstacles to accountability across the cases?
  • How does ICTJ’s conception of “justice” compare to those we discuss in class and in the assigned reading?

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One response to ““The Case for Justice”

  1. thewendyway January 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Why is justice is necessary to ensure a transition to peace and, maybe, democracy?

    Though the institutions of justice include criminal courts and lawyers, justice as a concept is inseparable from the idea of exposing the truth of past atrocities in order to build a better future for a society that has been wronged. This video emphasized the importance of exposing the truth of the past into the public sphere as a central characteristic of transitional justice. In this way, justice includes storytelling of the past and accurate educational curriculum because public debate starts with knowledge of the truth.

    Fear is widespread among the people in transitional societies recovering from violence.The processes of justice helps restore dignity in victims, which in some cases like Colombia, are arguably society at large. Justice contributes to healing the fear in the people in order to revive civil society where citizens feel safe to participate. Peace becomes more than just a “feeling” because when justice (includes reparations of victims as well as prosecutions against perpetrators) responds to the needs of citizens and puts their concerns as part of the national agenda, it will be difficult for states to turn against the people in the future.

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