Author: Masana Ndinga-Kanga

Title: Local Networks for Peace: Lessons from Community-Led Peacebuilding

Author: Ella Kotsze, Malose Langa and Steven Rebello

Title: An integrated model for working with communities

Author : Dominique Dix-Peek and Merle Werbeloff

Title : Evaluation of the efficacy of a South African psychosocial framework for the rehabilitation of torture survivors

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Title: A summary of CSVR’s integrated model for working with communities

Author :Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo Van Der Merwe


Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society
Edited by Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo van der Merwe

This edited volume examines the role of local civil society in shaping understandings and processes of transitional justice in Africa – a nursery of transitional justice ideas for well over two decades. It brings together practitioners and scholars with intimate knowledge of these processes to evaluate the agendas and strategies of local civil society, and offers an opportunity to reflect on ‘lessons learnt’ along the way. The contributors focus on the evolution and effectiveness of transitional justice interventions, providing a glimpse into the motivations and inner workings of major civil society actors.

The book presents an African perspective on transitional justice through a compilation of country-specific and thematic analyses of agenda setting and lobbying efforts. It offers insights into state–civil society relations on the continent, which shape these agendas. The chapters present case studies from Southern, Central, East, West and North Africa, and a range of moments and types of transition. In addition to historical perspective, the chapters provide fresh and up-to- date analyses of ongoing transitional justice efforts that are key to defining the future of how the field is understood globally, in theory and in practice.

"This great volume of written work – Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society – does what virtually no other labour of the intellect has done heretofore. Authored by movement activists and thinkers in the fields of human rights and transitional justice, the volume wrestles with the complex place and roles of transitional justice in the project of societal reconstruction in Africa. … This volume will serve as a timely and thought-provoking guide for activists, thinkers, and policy makers – as well as students of transitional justice – interested in the tension between the universal and the particular in the arduous struggle for liberation. Often, civil society actors in Africa have been accused of consuming the ideas of others, but not producing enough, if any, of their own. This volume makes clear the spuriousness of this claim and firmly plants an African flag in the field of ideas." – Makau Mutua

Springer Series in Transitional Justice
ISBN: 978-3-319-70415-9

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Table of Contents

Makau Mutua

By Jasmina Brankovic and Hugo van der Merwe

Introduction: Civil Society in African Transitional Justice – Comparing Theory and Practice
By Jasmina Brankovic

Locating Civil Society in Kenya’s Transitional Justice Agenda: A Reflection on the Experience of the Kenya Transitional Justice Network with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission
By Andrew Songa

Transitional Justice in Liberia: The Interface between Civil Society and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
By James Dhizaala

Taking Transitional Justice to the People: Challenges for Civil Society in Zimbabwe
By Shastry Njeru

Persistent Injuries, the Law and Politics: The South African Victims’ Support Group Khulumani and Its Struggle for Redress
By Zukiswa Puwana and Rita Kesselring

Cooperation and Conflict: Civil Society Resistance and Engagement with Transitional Justice in Burundi
By Wendy Lambourne

Madly Off in All Directions: Civil Society and the Use of Customary Justice as Transitional Justice in Uganda
By Joanna R. Quinn

Civil Society Engagement with Communities: Tradition, Authority and Transitional Justice in Rural African Communities
By Andrew Iliff

Navigating the Storm: Civil Society and Ambiguous Transitions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia
By Noha Aboueldahab

Conclusion: The Role of Local Civil Society in Shaping Transitional Justice in Africa
By Hugo van der Merwe

Author : Jasmina Brankovic

Concentrating on the transitional preoccupation with mainstreaming human rights culture, the chapter contrasts human rights education as expressed in South Africa’s post-1994 formal curriculum and as reflected in the informal educational activities of the national apartheid victims’ organization, Khulumani Support Group. It suggests that Khulumani’s educational activities draw on the example of apartheid-era struggles for alternative and inclusive education as articulated in the concept of ‘People’s Education,’ arguing that these activities go further than the post-apartheid education system in supporting active citizenship and social transformation. The activities indicate that victims’ groups like Khulumani are in a position to fill a gap in national transitional justice processes by highlighting and addressing structural injustices of the past and their legacies in the present.

The chapter was published in the open-access volume Transitional Justice and Education: Engaging Young People in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (V&R 2018), edited by Clara Ramírez-Barat and Martina Schulze.


Author: Nomfundo Mogapi and Themba Masuku

Addressing Authority-Based Violence in Urban Neighbourhoods

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Authors :Malose Langa, Hugo van der Merwe, Themba Masuku and Steffen Jensen

Author: Marinda Kotze

Author: Sonja Klinsky and Jasmina Brankovic

Title: Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice

The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice

By Sonja Klinsky and Jasmina Brankovic

Geopolitical changes combined with the increasing urgency of ambitious climate action have re-opened debates about justice and international climate policy. Mechanisms and insights from transitional justice have been used in over thirty countries across a range of conflicts at the interface of historical responsibility and imperatives for collective futures. However, lessons from transitional justice theory and practice have not been systematically explored in the climate context. The comparison gives rise to new ideas and strategies that help address climate change dilemmas.

This book examines the potential of transitional justice insights to inform global climate governance. It lays out core structural similarities between current global climate governance tensions and transitional justice contexts. It explores how transitional justice approaches and mechanisms could be productively applied in the climate change context. These include responsibility mechanisms such as amnesties, legal accountability measures, and truth commissions, as well as reparations and institutional reform. The book then steps beyond reformist transitional justice practice to consider more transformative approaches, and uses this to explore a wider set of possibilities for the climate context.

Each chapter presents one or more concrete proposals arrived at by using ideas from transitional justice and applying them to the justice tensions central to the global climate context. By combining these two fields the book provides a new framework through which to understand the challenges of addressing harms and strengthening collective climate action. This book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of climate change and transitional justice.

Series: Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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"It's time for new ideas on dealing with climate change and its devastating impacts on some people and nations. In this original, needed, and compelling mash-up of two distinct fields, Klinsky and Brankovic bring vast knowledge of time-tested solutions developed in knotty conflicts and efforts to rebuild societies after brutal dictatorships or civil wars to bear on the issue of climate justice. The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice gets us remarkably far down the road of thinking this through, providing lessons and proposing considered ways forward on issues like who might constitute a truth commission, what reparations might look like, and why we really need all this. A major contribution." - Timmons Roberts, Climate and Development Lab, Brown University

"This book is a must-read for all who work in the fields of climate justice, institution building, and transformation with a forward-looking approach. The authors highlight the essential purpose of both responses to climate change and transitional justice, and the experience we have drawn from transitional justice over the last decades. Justice is more than punishment and atonement. It is to establish human rights- and good governance-based sustainable institutions that are resilient and responsive enough to the challenges climate change poses to us. Transitional justice measures and procedures build the foundations not only to deal with past wrongdoings or man-made disasters, they also provide pathways to repair past climate injustice and work toward preventing recurrence, as shown in this book." - Anja Mihr, Center on Governance through Human Rights, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform