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Utopia and the Doubters: truth, transition and the law

Campbell, Colm and Turner, Catherine (2008) Utopia and the Doubters: truth, transition and the law. Legal Studies, 23(3) . pp. 374-395. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-121X.2008.00093.x


Truth commissions have an intuitive appeal in squaring the circle of peace and accountability post-conflict, but some claims for their benefits risk utopianism. Law provides both opportunities and pitfalls for post-conflict justice initiatives, including the operation of truth commissions. Rather than adopting a heavily legalised approach, derived from public inquiries, a "holistic legal model", employing social science fact finding methodologies to explore patterns of violations, and drawing appropriately on legal standards, may provide the best option for a possible Northern Ireland truth commission.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:6896
Deposited By: Ms Catherine Turner
Deposited On:18 Jan 2010 14:11
Last Modified:28 Mar 2013 09:59

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