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Post-Conflict Justice

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This chapter focuses on the question how states deal with their violent past. It discusses why it is important to deal with the past and the four key concepts related to post-conflict and transitional justice, namely truth, accountability, reconciliation and reparation. The chapter examines three main ways for states to deal with the past. First of all, it focuses on states that do nothing about the past and try to forget by way of explicit or de facto amnesties and pardons. The chapter reviews the concepts of retributive justice and restorative justice. From a western perspective the most obvious means to deal with the past is via retributive justice. When dealing with the past there is an urgent need to shape the optimal conditions for a sustainable peace.

Keywords: post-conflict justice; restorative justice; retributive justice; transitional justice



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