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The Legacy of Crimes and Crises

Transitional Justice, Domestic Change and the Role of the International Community

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Edited By Klaus Bachmann and Dorota Heidrich

The book shows how transitional justice experiences influence domestic change and what the role of the international community in these processes is. It is divided into three thematic parts. The first one presents regional and local transitional justice efforts, aiming at showing different mechanisms implemented within transitional justice mechanisms. The following part deals with the role and impact of international criminal tribunals set up to prosecute grave human rights abuses. The third part is devoted to the role of the international community in mass atrocity crimes prevention. The contributions prove that transitional justice measures are not universal. Rather, they must be characterized by the principle of local ownership and be crafted to circumstances on the ground.
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Acknowledgements

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This book is the result of several workshops and conferences, whose contributors agreed to deliver and adapt their papers accordingly. Some of the chapters stem from a joint workshop session of the European Consortium for Political Research in Antwerp 2012, coordinated by Adam Czarnota and Klaus Bachmann and dedicated to Transitional Justice. Some others are the result of a conference jointly organized and co-financed by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish Institute of Diplomacy, titled Dealing with the legacy of crimes and crises – transitional justice, reconciliation and the challenges for the international community. Conference organized in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda (Warsaw, May 8, 2013). The remaining contributions were initially presented at a workshop organized in the framework of a larger project on Transitional Justice and International Criminal Tribunals at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and present preliminary results of some of this project’s field research. The editors of the book would like to thank the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish Institute of Diplomacy for having provided the financial resources to organize the above mentioned events. They are particularly grateful to the Polish National Research Center (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) for sponsoring the research program, in framework of which this book could be published.1

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