Justice in Transition: Restorative and Indigenous Applications in Post-war Contexts (671)

Carl Stauffer and Jimmy Juma

What does justice feel like? How can we discover a justice that truly satisfies human need? Beginning with key theoretical underpinnings and a multi-disciplinary approach to concepts of justice, this course explores the contemporary applications of transitional justice in post-war settings internationally and historical harms domestically. Participants will critique and compare various popular expressions of societal justice such as International Criminal Courts, Truth Commissions, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration strategies, restitution/reparations practices and memorialization processes through a restorative justice framework. In addition, various parallel and indigenous justice efforts will be surveyed and compared with the dominant justice applications. Of particular interest are the growing innovations in hybrid justice models that attempt to satisfy the collective needs of traumatized societies, and the continued search for how to ensure a future transmission of generational justice that is securely embedded within the notion of the ‘common good.’

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