Transition and Justice examines a series of cases from across the African continent where peaceful new beginnings were declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions helped define justice and the new socio-political order. * Offers a new perspective on transition and justice in Africa transcending the institutional limits of transitional justice * Covers a wide range of situations, and presents a broad range of sites where past injustices are addressed * Examines cases where peaceful new beginnings have been declared after periods of violence * Addresses fundamental questions about transitions and justice in societies characterized by a high degree of external involvement and internal fragmentation
Gerhard Anders is lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. He has conducted research on the implementation of the good governance agenda, international criminal justice and transitional justice in Africa. He is co-editor of Corruption and the Secret of Law: A Legal Anthropological Perspective (2007) and author of In the Shadow of Good Governance: An Ethnography of Civil Service Reform in Africa (2010). Olaf Zenker is Junior Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universitat Berlin. He has done research on Irish language revivalism and ethnicity in Northern Ireland and currently studies the moral modernity of the new South African state in the context of its land restitution process. He is the author of Irish/ness Is All Around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland (2013) and co-editor of The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa (2015).
Notes on Contributors vii 1 Transition and Justice: An Introduction 1 Gerhard Anders and Olaf Zenker 2 Making Good Citizens from Bad Life in Post-Genocide Rwanda 21 Simon Turner 3 Performing Repatriation? The Role of Refugee Aid in Shaping New Beginnings in Mauritania 41 Marion Fresia 4 Conflicting Logics of Exceptionality: New Beginnings and the Problem of Police Violence in Post-Apartheid South Africa 65 Steffen Jensen 5 The 2011 Toilet Wars in South Africa: Justice and Transition between the Exceptional and the Everyday after Apartheid 85 Steven Robins 6 New Law against an Old State: Land Restitution as a Transition to Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa? 113 Olaf Zenker 7 Transitional Justice, States of Emergency and Business as Usual in Sierra Leone 135 Gerhard Anders 8 When we Walk Out, What was it all About? : Views on New Beginnings from within the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 153 Nigel Eltringham 9 New Start or False Start? The ICC and Electoral Violence in Kenya 175 Sabine Hohn 10 Justice without Peace? International Justice and Conflict Resolution in Northern Uganda 199 Kimberley Armstrong 11 The Violence of Peace: Ethnojustice in Northern Uganda 219 Adam Branch Index 241