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Just Memories

Remembrance and Restoration in the Aftermath of Political Violence

Book | 1st edition 2020 | World | Camila de Gamboa Tapias, Bert van Roermund

How do memory and remembrance relate to the specific mode of transitional justice that lays emphasis on restoration? What is captured and what is obliterated in individual and collective efforts to come to terms with a violent past? Across this volume consisting of twelve in-depth contributions, the politics of memory in various countries are related to restorative justice under four headings: restoring trust, restoring truth, restoring land and restoring law. While the primary focus is a philosophical one, authors also engage in incisive analyses of historical, political and/or legal developments in their chosen countries. Examples of these include South Africa, Colombia, Rwanda, Israel and the land of Palestine, which they know all too well on a personal basis and from daily experience.

On 10 December 2020, the book was officially launched with a webinar which brought together the editors of the book and prof. Stephan Parmentier (KU Leuven) and prof. Eric Heinze (Queen Mary University of London) as respondents. A recording of the presentations and the discussion can be viewed here.


CAMILA DE GAMBOA TAPIAS is Associate Professor at the Centro de Estudios sobre Paz y Conflictos, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia.

BERT VAN ROERMUND is Professor Emeritus of legal philosophy and Honorary Professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780689081 / 9781839700545
Series name Series on Transitional Justice
Weight 800 g
Status Available
Number of pages xii + 346 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Sep 5, 2020
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  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
    Camila de Gamboa Tapias, Bert Bert van Roermund
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    Camila de Gamboa Tapias, Bert Bert van Roermund
  • I. Restoring Trust
  • Chapter 2. The Duty to Remember a Violent Past: A Restorative (Re)Construction of Our Identity
    Camila de Gamboa Tapias
  • Chapter 3. Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice
    Carlos Thiebaut
  • Chapter 4. Resentment and the Limits of a Politics of Memory: Justice vs. Time
    Antonio Gomez Ramos
  • II. Restoring Truth
  • Chapter 5. Anamnesis - Or Reparation as Responsive Remembrance
    Bert Bert van Roermund
  • Chapter 6. Reflections on the Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa: Memory, Counter-Memory and Restorative Justice
    Anél Marias
  • Chapter 7. "Begging to be Black": Liminality and Critique in Post-Apartheid South Africa
    Stewart Motha
  • III. Restoring Land
  • Chapter 8. Limitations to the Principle of Restitutio in Integrum and Full Reparations in Transitional Justice Contexts: What Reparation does not Repair
    Beira Aguilar Rubiano
  • Chapter 9. Problems and Inconsistencies in the Protection of Women in the Colombian Land Restitution Process
    Lina M. Céspedes-Bàez
  • Chapter 10. Letting Go and Creating New Opportunities in Palestinian Women's Words: "'They' Entered and Took 'us'"
  • IV. Restoring Law
  • Chapter 11. Legal Argumentation in Transitional Justice Adjudication: A Land of New Arguments, a Land of New Law
    Juan Francisco Soto Hoyos
  • Chapter 12. The Interplay between History, Tradition and Local Agency in Shaping Rwanda's Future: Beyond Gacaca
    Felix M. Ndahinda
  • Chapter 13. Unconventional Restorative Justice and the Diplomacy of Closure: The Israeli Policy on the Armenian Genocide and the Geopolitics of Memory
    Eldad Ben Aharon