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The Global Impact and Legacy of Truth Commissions

Book | 1st edition 2019 | United Kingdom | Jeremy Sarkin

'[...], this book is at the same time systematic, practical and constructive, and both global and local.' -- Paolo Caroli, Human Rights Quarterly, 2021.

The Global Impact and Legacy of Truth Commissions emerges at a time when there is a confluence of two trends. The first is a growing critique of truth commissions as being unresponsive to the socio-economic needs of transitional societies as part of growing criticism of transitional justice as a whole. The second is the increasing use, salience, professionalism and ambition of truth commissions.

Thus, the book is published at a time when truth commissions are being both doubted and reified like never before. In this context, the book’s purpose is to understand the impact and legacy of these institutions over the past fifty years. Bringing together many prominent voices on the topic, this book investigates what kind of impact and legacy (possibly 100) truth commissions have had on the societies in which they have taken place, and for future truth commissions the world over.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780687940 / 9781780687957
Series name Series on Transitional Justice
Weight 685 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 300 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date May 1, 2019
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
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  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
    Jeremy Sarkin
  • Introduction: Contextualising and Understanding the Global Role, Impact and Legacy of Truth Commissions
    Jeremy Sarkin
  • Is Anyone Listening?: A Review of the Research on Attitudes Towards Truth Commissions
    Filipa Raimundo
  • Assessing the Long-Term Impact and Legacy of Truth Commissions
  • The Global Textual Legacies of Truth Commissions: Narratives on Sexual Violence in the Reports of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya and Beyond
    Susanne Buckley-Zistel
  • The Implementation Record of Truth Commissions' Recommendations in Latin America
  • In the Aftermath of Truth: Implementing Truth Commissions' Recommendations on Reparations - Following Through for Victims
    Luke Moffett
  • Truth Commissions and Social Justice: 'Wishful Thinking or Not Very Thoughtful Wishing'?
    Brianne McGonigle Leyh
  • Transitioning Toward Dignity
    Erin Daly
  • Towards an Understanding of How Truth Commissions Can Use Their Amnesty Powers to Enhance Their Impact and Legacy
    Jeremy Sarkin
  • Truth Commissions in Non-Transitional Contexts: Implications for Their Impact and Legacy
    Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm
  • Surrogacy and Resistance: Evolving Patterns in Unofficial Truth Commissions and Truth Projects
    Padraig McAuliffe