This collection of essays by an international group of authors explores the ways in which law and legal institutions are used in countries coming to terms with traumatic pasts and, in some cases, traumatic presents. In putting to question what is often taken for granted in uncritical calls for reconciliation, it critically analyses and frequently challenges the political and legal assumptions underlying discourses of reconciliation. Drawing on a broad spectrum of disciplinary and interdisciplinary insights the authors examine how competing conceptions of law, time, and politics are deployed in social transformations and how pressing demands for reconstruction, reconciliation, and justice inform and respond to legal categories and their use of time. The book is genuinely interdisciplinary, drawing on work in politics, philosophy, theology, sociology and law. It will appeal to a wide audience of researchers and academics working in these areas.
Dr Scott Veitch is Reader in Law at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Contents: Introduction, Emilios Christodoulidis and Scott Veitch; The time of reconciliation and the space of politics, Andrew Schaap; Reconciliation and reconstitution, Fernando Atria; The risk of reconciliation, Zenon Bankowski; Reconciliation as domination, Stewart Motha; 'Spatializing history' and opening time: resisting the reproduction of the proper subject, Brenna Bhandar; Reconciliation: where is the law? Lorna McGregor; Transnational law and societal memory, Peer Zumbansen; Sacrum, profanum and social time: quasi-theological reflections on time and reconciliation, Adam Czarnota; Reconciliation as therapy and compensation: a critical analysis, Claire Moon; Feminism and the ethics of reconciliation, H. Louise du Toit; Constitution as archive, Karin van Marle; The time of address, Carrol Clarkson; Index.
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