Transitional justice is an ever growing field and greatly intersects with conflict science and peace studies. With the horrific crimes committed during World War II and the latter half of the 20th century societies now more than ever before are devising processes, mechanisms, and policies to move past gross human rights violations or communal violence. However, these mechanisms much like anything else are not perfect and come with a variety of dilemmas. In particular two main dilemmas plague transitional justice which this paper aims to deal with: Getting to Truth and Reality versus Expectation. Within the context of a theoretical analysis methodology, this paper explores these two by dilemmas explicating and analyzing them while looking at definitions of transitional justice, its processes, their pros and cons, its history, as well as how they impact transitioning societies

Author Bio

Jared Bell holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Baltimore’s School of Public and International Affairs in Negotiation and Conflict Management, and is currently a PhD candidate in Nova Southeastern University’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution program with a focus in international peace and conflict where he is currently working on his dissertation entitled “Strategizing Justice: A critical Analysis of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Draft transitional Justice Strategy and its ability to foster Reconciliation”. Jared has also studied at Al Akhawayn University in Infrane, Morocco, the Universities of Groningen and Rijeka’s Summer School in Cres, Croatia on “Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory”, and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation’s Venice Academy of Human Rights. Interested in human rights advocacy, transitional Justice, and conflict resolution, He has been active in developing various human rights, peace building, and development projects based in the U.S. and abroad. Jared has also written and presented on a number of topics related to international affairs , justice, and human rights.


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