In their newly published article Finding the Roads to Justice? Examining Trajectories of Transition for Internally Displaced Women in Colombia in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) and Julieta Lemaitre (Universidad de Los Andes) offer an account of the relevance and impact of transitional justice for internally displaced people and displaced women’s organizations in the wake of the 2016 Colombian peace agreement.
Colombia’s transitional justice provisions for victims and women in particular, have attained global best practice status. Sandvik and Lemaitre investigate what will be the real impact for victims of the civil war and how the rule of law can help Colombia find the roads to justice. Based on a 2010 – 2014 in-depth, multi-method study, they argue that the examination of women’s transitional justice should not be reduced to an assessment of the implementation of a sophisticated and celebrated legal and political framework. They suggest that a possible way of developing a more complex transitional justice narrative is to examine what the turn to transitional justice is a shift from: by highlighting the temporal and temporary aspects of law, legal institutions and legal identities in the Colombian armed conflict, a better understanding of what previous legal transitions have meant for this particular group of victims can be found. They suggest that this approach can be useful for developing analytical perspectives for appraising how the post-conflict framework plays out for victims.
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