Mapping the nexus between transitional justice and peacebuilding

Catherine Baker, Jelena Obradović-Wochnik

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This chapter explores the convergences and divergence between transitional justice and peacebuilding, by considering some of the recent developments in scholarship and practice. We examine the notion of ‘peace’ in transitional justice and the idea of ‘justice’ in peacebuilding. We highlight that transitional justice and peacebuilding often engage with similar or related ideas, though the scholarship on in each field has developed, largely, in parallel to each other, and often without any significant engagement between the fields of inquiry. We also note that both fields share other commonalities, insofar as they often neglect questions of capital (political, social, economic) and at times, gender. We suggest that trying to locate the nexus in the first place draws attention to where peace and justice have actually got to be produced in order for there not to be conflict and violence. This in turn demonstrates that locally, ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ do not always look like the ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ drawn up by international donors and peacebuilders; and, despite the ‘turn to the local’ in international relations, it is surprising just how many local and everyday dynamics are (dis)missed as sources of peace and justice, or potential avenues of addressing the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Intervention and Statebuilding
EditorsNicolas Lemay-Hebert
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-178811623-7
ISBN (Print)978 1 78811 622 0
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2019


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