Afterword of United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics
UNITED STATES LAW AND POLICY ON TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: PRINCIPLES, POLITICS, AND PRAGMATICS (Oxford University Press)
14 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2017
Date Written: 2017
This book section is the Afterword to the book UNITED STATES LAW AND POLICY ON TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: PRINCIPLES, POLITICS, AND PRAGMATICS (authored by Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., and published by Oxford University Press). The hardback version of this book was published in 2016. This Afterword, dated July 29, 2016, was added to the paperback version of the book, which was published in 2017.
In this new afterword for the paperback edition, Dr. Kaufman discusses developments since the hardback went to press twelve months earlier, considers the ongoing case of Syria, and proposes future research. Dr. Kaufman concludes in the Afterword that a gulf persists between the rhetoric and the reality of U.S. policy on atrocity issues, including transitional justice. As the ongoing crisis in Syria demonstrates, politics and pragmatics continue to trump the U.S. government’s self-declared principles in confronting suspected atrocity perpetrators. Dr. Kaufman thus finds that his theory of “prudentialism” (which he describes and tests through case studies earlier in the book) remains a compelling theory to explain the U.S. government’s approach to transitional justice.
Keywords: Transitional Justice, International Justice, U.S. foreign policy, International Law, International Criminal Law, War crimes tribunals, International Criminal Court, ICC, Nuremberg Tribunal, IMT, Tokyo Tribunal, IMTFE, Rwanda Tribunal, ICTR, Yugoslav Tribunal, ICTY, War crimes prosecutions, Genocide
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