By Susan Harris Rimmer

Gender and Transitional Justice presents the 1st complete feminist research of the function of overseas legislation in formal transitional justice mechanisms. utilizing East Timor as a case examine, it bargains reflections on transitional justice administered by means of a UN transitional management. frequently awarded as a UN luck tale, the writer demonstrates that, inspite of ladies and children’s rights programmes of the UN and different donors, justice for ladies has deteriorated in post-conflict Timor, and violence has remained a continuing of their lives. This e-book presents a gendered research of transitional justice as a self-discipline. it's also one of many first stories to provide a complete case learn of the way girls engaged within the complete diversity of transitional mechanisms in a post-conflict nation, i.e. household trials, internationalised trials and fact commissions. The e-book unearths the political dynamics in a post-conflict surroundings round gender and questions of justice, and reframes of the meanings of good fortune and failure of overseas interventions within the mild of them.

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If those hearings may serve only to construct women as victims of sexual violence, re-traumatise them and further stigmatise them at a time when it is most important that women build trust in the rule of law to protect them, then the time may have come to rethink trials from first principles. Truth commissions and other ritualised processes may do better at providing some sort of ecological social repair for communities. Then there may need to be additional measures to ensure women’s long-term economic rights and protections are addressed.

118 Many serious acts of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, can have the psychological effect of torture. Torture, as a crime, has a lasting effect on its victims, that of silencing and alienating them from communal support. 119 The purpose of a criminal trial in a transitional justice context is to prosecute and punish the major war criminals for violations of international law. 120 The second practical problem with trials is that the process of giving testimony in trials or to a lesser extent other types of public proceedings may only serve to re-traumatise women.

43 He notes that the primary audience should be the people of the society, who lived through and suffered in the conflict: victims, bystanders and perpetrators. 44 The realist view of international law therefore is that it is irrelevant or a veneer for political concerns, but in a transitional justice context any insistence on the obligation to prosecute is anti-democratic and could also be destabilising to the new society. The important challenge to legalist thinking from the realist school relevant to this examination of Timor is threefold.

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