‘Truth’ recovery has become part of a globalized ‘formula’ which transitional justice advocates claim is imperative to conflict transformation. Yet the value of ‘truth’ and efficacy of international ‘truth’ recovery templates has been negatively critiqued. Increasingly, ‘localised’ approaches to memory work are seeking to develop innovative and context specific processes to grapple with these potentially divisive and challenging issues. This article explores how transitional justice discourse has been mediated, strategically adapted and ‘localized’. Using a case study of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) a police-led ‘truth’ recovery process distinctive to Northern Ireland, it examines the paradoxes of transitional justice and the challenges it can generate for states and societies in transition.
|Journal||Contemporary Social Science|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - Feb 2011|
- Historical Enquiries