A Resilience Approach to Transitional Justice?

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Transitional justice, which is typically part of a liberal peacebuilding strategy, often seems distant, ineffective or even counter-productive. The concept of resilience, to which transitional justice discourses and scholarship have remained relatively indifferent, appears useful to explore justice initiatives in conflict or post-conflict situations. This article argues that much can be gained from better understanding the relevance of–and significant risks associated with–resilience thinking in this context. Through a critical approach to resilience, and embedded within a legal-pluralist framework, it examines some of the ways of dealing with political violence, with a particular focus on the Central African Republic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-388
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number3
Early online date15 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2020


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