Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law

Hakeem Yusuf

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Abstract

Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law addresses the importance of judicial accountability in transitional justice processes. Despite a general consensus that the judiciary plays an important role in contemporary governance, accountability for the judicial role in formerly authoritarian societies remains largely elided and under-researched. Hakeem O. Yusuf argues that the purview of transitional justice mechanisms should, as a matter of policy, be extended to scrutiny of the judicial role in the past. Through a critical comparative approach that cuts through the transitioning experiences of post-authoritarian and post-conflict polities in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa, the book focuses specifically on Nigeria. It demonstrates that public accountability of the judiciary through the mechanism of a truth-seeking process is a necessary component in securing comprehensive accountability for the judicial role in the past. Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law further shows that an across-the-board transformation of state institutions – an important aspiration of transitional processes – is virtually impossible without incorporating the third branch of government, the judiciary, into the accountability process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages216
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2010

Publication series

NameTransitional Justice Series
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • transitional justice
  • rule of law
  • judicial accountability
  • justice processes
  • governance
  • accountability
  • policy
  • post-conflict polities
  • Latin America
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Nigeria
  • state institutions

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