Mapping the nexus of transitional justice and peacebuilding

Catherine Baker, Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

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This paper explores the convergences and divergence between transitional justice and peace-building, 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 of-ten 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 peace-builders; 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
Pages (from-to)281-301
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding on 08/07/2016, available online:


  • transitional justice
  • peacebuilding
  • 'the local'
  • everyday
  • violence


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