Over the course of conducting research in Timor-Leste over the past decade I have become increasingly aware of the limits of the globalised, standardised model of transitional justice. My research has revealed to me that local understandings and expectations of transitional justice exceed â€“ perhaps inevitably â€“ the justice possibilities available through formal, time-bound mechanisms such as criminal prosecutions and truth commissions. It has also highlighted that the process of â€˜dealing with the pastâ€™ is not confined to the initial transitional period but is being shaped in an ongoing way through the practices of, and the interactions between, a wide range of actors who possess varying degrees of power. These observations have led me to argue that transitional justice needs to be thought about differently â€“ as a dynamic and open-ended social and political process, rather than as a short-term project oriented around a set of formal mechanisms. In other words, I have come to the view that transitional justice scholars, practitioners and activists need to move beyond a preoccupation with official institutions and short-term outcomes and consider how best to support peopleâ€™s ongoing and locally grounded efforts to rebuild their lives after conflict.
|Title of host publication||Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific|
|Editors||Lia Kent, Joanne Wallis & Claire Cronin|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|