Transitional Justice in Kenya? An Assessment of the Accountability Process in Light of Domestic Politics and Security Concerns

35 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2011 Last revised: 1 Feb 2012

Thomas Obel Hansen

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: January 30, 2012

Abstract

This article explores how domestic politics have shaped the process of seeking accountability for Kenya’s 2008 post-election violence as well as the impact the accountability process has had on the political landscape and more broadly security in the country. It is argued that the absence of a profound political transition has caused significant resistance to establishing accountability measures. However, due to the existence of the International Criminal Court, there are now prospects that the masterminds of the electoral violence will be brought to justice, something which has a significant impact on succession politics and security in the country.

Keywords: transitional justice, Kenya, impact of the international criminal court

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Thomas Obel, Transitional Justice in Kenya? An Assessment of the Accountability Process in Light of Domestic Politics and Security Concerns (January 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1898101

Thomas Obel Hansen (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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