Advanced search
1 file | 342.81 KB Add to list

Stirring the justice imagination : countering the invisibilization and erasure of Syrian victims’ justice narratives

Brigitte Herremans (UGent) and Tine Destrooper (UGent)
Author
Organization
Project
  • VICTPART (Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice - VictPart)
Abstract
With most avenues to pursue justice for Syrian victims of international crimes blocked, Syrian and international justice actors within civil society and formal institutions are active in exploring ways to seek some form of justice and accountability. In doing so, many of them use the language of transitional justice as the most promising paradigm to keep justice on the international agenda and to resist the prevailing defeatism about the possibility to advance justice in the absence of a transition, as well as to remedy the marginalization of victims’ experiences and narratives. Many of these actors are not only interested in criminal accountability. They also seek to stretch the boundaries of what is imaginable in terms of justice, beyond existing mechanisms and even beyond the judicial realm. They are striving to open up the justice imagination. In a maximalist sense, they are foraging for more ambitious justice narratives that can accommodate the victims’ lived experiences. In a minimalist sense, they are resisting the erasure or invisibilization of the experiences of millions of Syrians affected by hackneyed justice narratives. This article refers to the work of these justice actors to expose and conceptualize some of the shortcomings of mainstream transitional justice discourses.
Keywords
Transitional justice, HRC, Erasure, invisibilization, justice actors, justice imagination, Syria, MEMORY

Downloads

  • published.pdf
    • full text (Published version)
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 342.81 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Herremans, Brigitte, and Tine Destrooper. “Stirring the Justice Imagination : Countering the Invisibilization and Erasure of Syrian Victims’ Justice Narratives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, vol. 15, no. 3, 2021, pp. 576–95, doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijab025.
APA
Herremans, B., & Destrooper, T. (2021). Stirring the justice imagination : countering the invisibilization and erasure of Syrian victims’ justice narratives. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, 15(3), 576–595. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijab025
Chicago author-date
Herremans, Brigitte, and Tine Destrooper. 2021. “Stirring the Justice Imagination : Countering the Invisibilization and Erasure of Syrian Victims’ Justice Narratives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE 15 (3): 576–95. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijab025.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Herremans, Brigitte, and Tine Destrooper. 2021. “Stirring the Justice Imagination : Countering the Invisibilization and Erasure of Syrian Victims’ Justice Narratives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE 15 (3): 576–595. doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijab025.
Vancouver
1.
Herremans B, Destrooper T. Stirring the justice imagination : countering the invisibilization and erasure of Syrian victims’ justice narratives. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE. 2021;15(3):576–95.
IEEE
[1]
B. Herremans and T. Destrooper, “Stirring the justice imagination : countering the invisibilization and erasure of Syrian victims’ justice narratives,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 576–595, 2021.
@article{8726710,
  abstract     = {{With most avenues to pursue justice for Syrian victims of international crimes blocked, Syrian and international justice actors within civil society and formal institutions are active in exploring ways to seek some form of justice and accountability. In doing so, many of them use the language of transitional justice as the most promising paradigm to keep justice on the international agenda and to resist the prevailing defeatism about the possibility to advance justice in the absence of a transition, as well as to remedy the marginalization of victims’ experiences and narratives. Many of these actors are not only interested in criminal accountability. They also seek to stretch the boundaries of what is imaginable in terms of justice, beyond existing mechanisms and even beyond the judicial realm. They are striving to open up the justice imagination. In a maximalist sense, they are foraging for more ambitious justice narratives that can accommodate the victims’ lived experiences. In a minimalist sense, they are resisting the erasure or invisibilization of the experiences of millions of Syrians affected by hackneyed justice narratives. This article refers to the work of these justice actors to expose and conceptualize some of the shortcomings of mainstream transitional justice discourses.}},
  author       = {{Herremans, Brigitte and Destrooper, Tine}},
  issn         = {{1752-7716}},
  journal      = {{INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE}},
  keywords     = {{Transitional justice,HRC,Erasure,invisibilization,justice actors,justice imagination,Syria,MEMORY}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{576--595}},
  title        = {{Stirring the justice imagination : countering the invisibilization and erasure of Syrian victims’ justice narratives}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijab025}},
  volume       = {{15}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: