Transition and justice: An introduction

Gerhard Anders*, Olaf Zenker

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


Since the end of the Cold War, political new beginnings have increasingly been linked to questions of transitional justice. The contributions to this collection examine a series of cases from across the African continent where peaceful 'new beginnings' have been declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions played a role in defining justice and the new socio-political order. Three issues seem to be crucial to the understanding of transitional justice in the context of wider social debates on justice and political change: the problem of 'new beginnings', of finding a foundation for that which explicitly breaks with the past; the discrepancies between lofty promises and the messy realities of transitional justice in action; and the dialectic between logics of the exception and the ordinary, employed to legitimize or resist transitional justice mechanisms. These are the particular focus of this Introduction. Chapters
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransition and Justice
Subtitle of host publicationNegotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa
EditorsGerhard Anders, Olaf Zenker
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118944752, 9781118944745
ISBN (Print)9781118944776
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameDevelopment and Change Special Issues


  • Exceptional instruments
  • Social-political order
  • Transitional justice


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