Transitional Justice, Domestic Change and the Role of the International Community
Edited By Klaus Bachmann and Dorota Heidrich
Patrick Wegner - Regional and Local Perceptions of Justice and their Impact on International Investigations
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Regional and Local Perceptions of Justice and Their Impact on ICC Investigations – The Case of Uganda
Based on a literature overview of transitional justice research and case studies of the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Central Africa, this chapter argues that the current research on transitional justice has a tendency to neglect some contextual variables important to assess the impact of transitional justice in areas like democratization, protection of Human Rights, and its impact on conflict dynamics. This is particularly true for the quantitative research. The chapter starts with a short overview of the current stage of transitional justice research to illustrate how most of the research neglects context variables. It then moves on to the case study of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigations in Uganda to show how one of these context variables, namely justice perceptions, influences both the effects of international investigations as well as local concepts of transitional justice. This chapter is based on research conducted on the impact of ICC investigations in conflict contexts in the scope of a PhD project. The chapter will thus focus on international investigations and trials, specifically those undertaken by the ICC. Nevertheless, the chapter also discusses the implications of the findings for transitional justice research in general.2 ← 27 | 28 →
The State of the Art
In the last decades and years, transitional justice has increasingly become a field of interest for political science. Questions the literature grapples...
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