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Whither the "Transition" of Transitional Justice?
Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law (2015)
  • Joanna R. Quinn, Western University
The traditional orthodoxy of transitional justice has held that the field is concerned with countries in transition from mass violations of human rights to democratic regimes, yet more institutions have recently been set up in non-transitional societies, including Australia, Canada, and the United States. Others, including Uganda, have been considered to be in "pre-transition" for many years. This article explores the necessity of "transition" in transitional justice, using pre-, post-, and non-transition cases, and considers just how far the term "transition" can and ought to be stretched.

  • transitional justice,
  • transition,
  • transformation,
  • postconflict rebuilding
Publication Date
December, 2015
Citation Information
Joanna Quinn. "Whither the "Transition" of Transitional Justice?" Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2014-2015) p. 63 - 79 ISSN: 1933-0049 Available at: