Timing of transitional justice mechanisms and the implications for the South Sudan peace process

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The South Sudan peace agreement provides for transitional justice mechanisms aimed at fostering justice and reconciliation. They include the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) and the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS). Drawing on qualitative data obtained from interviews, document reviews, and archival research conducted between October 2019 and June 2020 in Addis Ababa, Kampala, and Nairobi, this study delves into the current transitional justice discourses in South Sudan with a particular focus on truth-telling and accountability. The study finds that key contestations relate to when to initiate and implement transitional justice mechanisms, warning that, if not carefully timed, those mechanisms may have a negative impact on the peace process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-33
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of the British Academy
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

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© The author(s) 2021. This is an open access article licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License


This research was funded, in part, by the Peace Research Grant Program of the
International Peace Research Association Foundation


  • South Sudan
  • accountability
  • justice
  • peace
  • reconciliation
  • transitional justice
  • truth-telling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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