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Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Society

Subject Headings and Terms

SUBJECT HEADINGS: Use for Subject searches in Tufts Library catalog and other library catalogs

Transitional justice


Rule of Law

Reparations for historical injustices

Restorative justice


Truth commissions

Civil society

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Use for searching google and other general searches

Court Reform

Police Reform

Post-conflict governance

Justice and reconciliation


Transitional Justice:

Transitional justice refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented by different countries in order to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programs, and various kinds of institutional reforms. (from ICTJ site)


A situation of nominally terminated hostilities, often with continued political tension, social instability, economic disruption, heightened crime.

Truth (and Reconciliation) Commissions:

Bodies set up to investigate and document history of human rights violations; some make recommendations for reform. They may be created through national legislation or international agreement.


Complex, long-term process to put relationships and societies back together; wide variation in the details of definition. Reconciliation was not part of the early Truth Commissions.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (requires Tufts ID) has comprehensive articles on "Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Situations" and "Truth and Reconciliation Commissions" with in-depth definitions of relevant terms.

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