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Justice Learning in Transition: A Grassroots Toolkit

Political Settlements Research Programme Working Paper Series 09/2017

Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 18-02

33 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2017  

Eilish Rooney

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: October 1, 2017

Abstract

This Working Paper explains how a local conversation about transitional justice in North Belfast became the basis for designing a toolkit that is available for use by people in other settings. The Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit is a local justice response to the immediate and over time challenges of transition from violent conflict in disadvantaged communities. The article makes a contribution to a growing interest in grassroots activism within transitional justice and development studies and feminist praxis. Grassroots activism is not unique to life in marginalized areas of North Belfast. It arises informally in troubled circumstances and communities everywhere. It empowers the people concerned and helps to improve life in the places where it is organized and supported. The forms of social change it involves cannot be imposed by outside agencies or temporary projects however well meaning. It is community ‘change from within’. As such, local activism is of interest to policy makers, academics and organizations concerned with well-being and stability in troubled and fragile states. Local action can be supported and made visible. In this article, I argue that the toolkit offers a way to do this. It treats transitional justice as a useful framework for reflection, dialogue and action. The community experiences and life knowledge that toolkit users draw on is the starting point and core resource.

Keywords: local knowledge, grassroots toolkit, transitional justice, feminist pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Rooney, Eilish, Justice Learning in Transition: A Grassroots Toolkit (October 1, 2017). Political Settlements Research Programme Working Paper Series 09/2017; Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 18-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051156

Eilish Rooney (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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