Does Feminism Need a Theory of Transitional Justice? An Introductory Essay

Posted: 19 May 2009

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Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Catherine O'Rourke

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

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Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This essay surveys feminist scholarship and praxis on transitional justice, examining its ongoing contribution to the conceptualization and design of transitional justice mechanisms. We examine some of the gender implications of a specifically ‘transitional’ theory of justice. The essay concludes by proposing that feminist theory should focus on how transitional justice debates help or hinder broader projects of securing material gains for women through transition, rather than trying to fit a feminist notion of justice within transitional justice frameworks.

Suggested Citation

Bell, Christine and O'Rourke, Catherine, Does Feminism Need a Theory of Transitional Justice? An Introductory Essay (2007). The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 23-44, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1405077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijm002

Christine Bell (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Catherine O'Rourke

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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