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NYU London: Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Gallatin Study Away Course
SASEM-UG 9252, 4 credits
Typically Offered: Fall and Spring
Level: Undergraduate
Gallatin requirement: SOC

The course will introduce many aspects of transitional justice and explore debates within it. Transitional justice developed in the late twentieth century, although there were many precursors to it. Initially, its main concern was with transitions from repressive dictatorships, but it also quickly evolved into an aspect of peacebuilding in the aftermath of violent conflict. During its early years, a particular approach tended to become dominant. This regarded the goal as facilitating a transition to a Western model of democracy through a set of mechanisms including trials, truth commissions, and memorials. However, this led to numerous critiques and debates, both about the desirability and appropriateness of such goals and about whether the mechanisms were effective in practice. Another important development was in the way the subject was studied. At first, law was the dominant discipline, but transitional justice has become a multi-disciplinary field that includes many subjects within the social sciences and humanities. This course highlights its relationship with peacebuilding, which considers the many processes involved in moving towards a sustainable peace.

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