Review Essay of Kirsten J. Fisher & Robert Stewart, eds., Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring (London, UK: Routledge, 2015)
ILAF Review Articles 6, pp.119-128, 2017
11 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2018
Date Written: December 12, 2017
The reviewed work highlights two overarching core themes, emerged across 12 successive chapters and preceded by a foreword by Anthony F. Lang, Jr., and an introductory chapter, entitled “After the Arab Spring: A New Wave of Transitional Justice?” by the editors. In this chapter, Kirsten J. Fisher and Robert Stewart provide a careful analysis of the concept of transitional justice and an overview of the contributed chapters. At the outset, they explore the meaning of transitional justice, provided in scholarly works and the United Nations Secretary General’s report, and sketch out its history, forms, and measures. Moreover, they underline the unique features of transitional justice in the Arab Spring countries compared with other experiences occurred in Africa, Latin America, and Central and Eastern European countries. In their conclusion, the editors maintain that despite the frustration, ongoing violence, and failure to make justice during the three years followed the flare-up of widespread protests; there are some success and noticeable progress in most Arab Spring countries. Accordingly, it is too early to make any judgement on the success or the failure of transitional justice in that region. However, the following chapters of the book reflect the above themes in different standpoints and multifaceted national contexts under two parts. The first one examines the implications of transitional justice in the Arab Spring countries, taking into consideration previous experiences in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. And the second part provides various themes, which concentrate on justice in post-Arab Spring countries.
Keywords: Transitional Justice; Arab Spring; Hilmi Zawati; Arab Uprisings; Accountability and Justice; International Criminal Justice
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