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Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared



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Book Launch by Dr Iosif Kovras, Department of International Politics, City, University of London

Iosif Kovras will be joined by discussant, Bruce Clark, The Economist.


The families of the disappeared have long struggled to uncover the truth about their missing relatives. In so doing, their mobilization has shaped central transitional justice norms and institutions, as this groundbreaking work demonstrates. Kovras combines a new global database with the systematic analysis of four challenging case studies – Lebanon, Cyprus, South Africa and Chile – each representative of a different approach to transitional justice.

These studies reveal how variations in transitional justice policies addressing the disappeared occur, explaining why victims’ groups in some countries are caught in silence while others bring perpetrators to account. Conceiving of transitional justice as a dynamic process, Kovras traces the different phases of truth recovery in posttransitional societies, giving substance not only to the why but also to the when and how of this kind of campaign against impunity.

This book is essential reading for all those interested in the development of transitional justice and human rights.

“Drawing from the experiences of families […] in contexts as diverse as Chile, Cyprus, Lebanon, South Africa and other contexts, Iosif Kovras has produced a rich and compelling account of the struggles to uncover the truth and, where possible, to seek justice in these different sites […] This is a clever, interesting and engaging book.”
Kieran McEvoy, Institute of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast

Wine reception will follow the presentation.

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5.30pm - 7.00pmWednesday 7th February 2018

D104 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom

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