SPECIAL ISSUE OF DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE

Forward from the Commission on Legal Pluralism:

SPECIAL ISSUE OF DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE

Dear Colleagues,

This is to inform you about the new special issue of Development & Change which is now online: ‘Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa’. It is edited by Gerhard Anders (Edinburgh) and Olaf Zenker (Bern), and examines a series of cases where peaceful ‘new beginnings’ have been declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions played a role in defining justice and the new socio-political order. It focuses on three issues that are key to understand ‘new beginnings’: the problem of finding a foundation for that which explicitly breaks with the past; the discrepancies between lofty promises and the messy realities of transitional justice in action; and the dialectic between logics of the exception and the ordinary, employed to legitimize or resist transitional justice mechanisms. Link:http ://onlinelibrary . wiley . com/doi/10 . 1111/dech . 2014 . 45 . issue-3/issuetoc

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