What are the links between transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in a post-war or post-authoritarian society?

Countries emerging from major conflict face vast human rights challenges. To address these and reduce the violence, dealing with the past and promoting reconciliation are often considered key priorities. Mechanisms to deal with the past vary from formal measures such as trials and truth commissions to more informal processes of conflict resolution. But there is little cross-country knowledge of the extent to which such mechanisms of transitional justice in fact have the assumed positive effect on reconciliation and violence reduction. This three-year research project will contribute to fill this gap.

A more detailed presentation of the project is available here:

TJ, Violence & Reconciliation CMI research project


Human Rights Programme

Jan 1983 - Dec 2010