Transitional Justice in an Ongoing Conflict

Rachel Jeanette Zozula Jensen, Simona Širvinskaitė & Kashif Malik

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

The conflict in Colombia has been ongoing for more than five decades, making it the longest ongoing internal armed conflict in the Western hemisphere. This has impacted millions of Colombians by creating an environment of instability and distrust, in which atrocities have flourished unpunished. Over the past decade Colombia has undertaken Transitional Justice mechanisms in its endeavor towards peace and justice. The implementation of Transitional Justice in an ongoing conflict makes it a unique case, one which requires careful deliberation as it might change the ways in which transitions from mass atrocities have been addressed. In order to understand how Transitional Justice can be used to secure justice during an on-going conflict, this study adopts Nancy Fraser’s critical theory of justice. The framework provided by Fraser thus serves as a scale of justice, against which the Transitional Justice framework in Colombia is measured. This project investigates the degree to which justice is reached from the three dimensions of Nancy Fraser’s justice theory. The study concludes by suggesting that a three-dimensional approach to justice would increase prospects of justice for victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Social Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
LanguageEnglish
Publication date27 May 2015
SupervisorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff

Keywords

  • Nancy Fraser
  • Colombia
  • victims rights
  • justice
  • transitional justice