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Transitional Justice and Development: Making Connections by Pablo de Greiff, Roger Duthie

By Pablo de Greiff, Roger Duthie

As constructing societies emerge from legacies of clash and authoritarianism, they're usually beset by way of poverty, inequality, susceptible associations, damaged infrastructure, bad governance, lack of confidence, and occasional degrees of social capital. those nations additionally are inclined to propagate vast human rights violations, which displace sufferers who're marginalized, handicapped, widowed, and orphaned—in different phrases, individuals with robust claims to justice. those that paintings with others to deal with improvement and justice frequently fail to provide a coherent reaction to those matters. The essays during this quantity confront the intricacies—and interconnectedness—of transitional governance matters head on, mapping the connection among fields that, academically and in perform, have grown mostly in isolation of each other. the results of a examine venture performed by way of the overseas middle for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), this booklet explains how justice and restoration should be aligned not just in concept but in addition in perform, between either humans and governments as they reform.

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It is likely that the economic impact of the implementation of these measures is either too small or too difficult to monitor or measure. The impact of transitional trials on growth or distribution, for example, is likely to be minimal or non-traceable. Although leaders of regimes responsible for massive human rights violations are often wealthy (almost always as a result of illegal economic activities), the recovery record both of national and of international courts is generally dismal. 28 The economic impact of truth-telling exercises is even harder to estimate, given the huge gap between insight and transformation.

Instead of focusing on these motivating considerations, I assume that it has become important to think about the potential links between transitional justice and development, and that what needs to be done is to clarify the way these two fields relate to one another, starting at the conceptual level. It goes without saying that there are many ways of articulating the potential links between two fields as expansive as the two in question here. This chapter does not aspire to be either exhaustive or definitive, and it self-consciously deals more with conceptions of transitional justice and development than with specific programs.

These arrangements also require, ex ante, difficult negotiations and intensive monitoring for the duration of the agreement, both of which are expensive. 54 What ends up happening in low-trust environments is that participants try to cope with these costs through exchanges in informal networks, among people who know one another, which is also, in itself, a costly alternative. It is akin to a reduction in market size, and the abiding uncertainties reduce the availability of credit, put a premium on capital, and force producers to avoid customizing items and to reduce the magnitude of orders they are willing to accept.

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