oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Between the signs of transition's justice

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



"Post" does not arrive of its own accord, at least if the promise of justice in the aftermath is to count for more than fate. In the theory and practice of transitional justice, an increasingly central element of contemporary human rights discourse, there is then a road (yet) to travel, a path on which we may struggle to recognise the choice(s) of our words. Here, I would like to reflect briefly on this perhaps rhetorical path - it is rarely acknowledged as such - and to do so in order to consider the directions in which the work of transitional justice is being pushed and pulled. Where is transitional justice policy headed with respect to the problem of how societies (and individuals) emerge from and move beyond deep division, including the collective and individual trauma of systematic violence? How does the theory and practice of transitional justice conceive the distance that must be traversed in order to realise one of its oft-repeated goals, the move from past to future? What baggage must be shed or carried to reach this new beginning?

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