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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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Klaus Bachmann is a professor of political science at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. Previously, he worked at Wrocław University, and, as a visiting professor and research fellow, at the Universities of Vienna, Bordeaux, Renmin (China), Stellenbosch (South Africa), and Johns Hopkins in Washington D.C. His research focus is on Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, and Modern European History. He is the author (with Aleksandar Fatić) of The UN International Criminal Tribunals. Transition without Justice? (New York, London: Taylor and Francis Routledge 2015).

Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala is an assistant professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (since 2004). DPhil, University of Warsaw. Vice Director for Academic Research and International Cooperation at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (2008–2012); participant in the European Project “NOHA – Network on Humanitarian Assistance” and EU Non-Proliferation Consortium; Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (2006–2008); author of books and articles on Poland’s foreign policy, Human Rights, democracy, and international humanitarian law. Main works: Human Rights in Polish Foreign Policy after 1989 (The Polish Institute of International Affairs 2006); Rafał Lemkin – A Hero of Humankind [coedited with S. Dębski; The Polish Institute of International Affairs 2010). Chairperson of the research project: Prevention of Massive Violations of Human Rights (financed by National Scientific Centre).

Patrycja Grzebyk, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is a...

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