Volume 16

The Ethics of Diversity in Transitional Justice

by Colleen Murphy

Transitional justice is the process of dealing with wrongdoing in the midst of an attempted transition away from an extended period of conflict and/or repression. In transitional justice scholarship and practice, attention to diversity is prominent in four areas: the negotiation of the terms for a transition, the choice of transitional justice processes, the operation of transitional justice processes, and the evaluation of transitional justice processes. Three kinds of arguments are made in defense of diversity-based concerns. The first points to knowledge gained through the inclusion of diverse voices. The second highlights the ways in which attention to diversity can guard against the duplication of patterns of injustice. The third shows how diversity in the parties to the negotiation of a transition as well as in the selection, operation and evaluation of transitional justice processes satisfies demands of justice.

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