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Published: 21 April 2016

382 Pages


ISBN: 9780190243494

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United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice

Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics

Zachary D. Kaufman

  • Presents a detailed overview of transitional justice institutions and the U.S. role in their development
  • Challenges the "legalist" paradigm by developing an alternative theory: "prudentialism"
  • Evaluates why and how the United States pursued and supported particular transitional justice options in specific contexts
  • Documents and analyzes six unique case studies: Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, and Rwanda
  • Presents original empirical research of primary sources including almost 200 declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and over two dozen interviews conducted with key decision-makers and observers

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