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The Legacy of Crimes and Crises

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


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Bachmann, Klaus, 1963- editor. | Heidrich, Dorota, 1977- editor.

Title: The legacy of crimes and crises : transitional justice, domestic change and the role of the international community / Klaus Bachmann, Dorota Heidrich (eds.).

Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York Peter Lang GmbH, 2016. | Series: Studies in political transition ; volume 5 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2015036007 | ISBN 9783631661727

Subjects: LCSH: International criminal law. | Transitional justice. | International courts. | International crimes.

Classification: LCC KZ7000 .L444 2016 | DDC 340/.115--dc23 LC record available at

The editors are grateful to the Polish National Research Center (Narodowe Centrum Nauki), which sponsored the research program “International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change” (grant no. 2012/06/A/HS5/00249, granted to SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities), in whose framework this book was published. They also express their gratitude to the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish Institute of Diplomacy for having provided resources to organize the conference in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda titled Dealing with the legacy of crimes and crises – transitional justice, reconciliation and the challenges for the international community (Warsaw, May 8, 2013) during which part of the contributions to the...

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