Mia Swart is professor of International Law at the University of Johannesburg where she teaches the LLM course in international law. She focuses her research on the fields of transitional justice, international criminal law, and comparative constitutional law.
Karin van Marle is professor of Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria where she teaches Jurisprudence and related modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research falls within the broad field of legal theory, legal philosophy and jurisprudence.
“This is an important book. It is important because it presumes transitional justice as ongoing, as a journey, and not as sealed or finite. Professors Swart and Van Marle have assembled a host of vivid, engaged voices. These voices examine the ‘unfinished business’ of the South African TRC. These voices – voices of optimism, voices of verve – teach us something: they teach us not to rue or regret that which is unfinished, but instead to seize upon that which is unfinished as opportunity and renewal.”
Mark A. Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University.
Table of contents
List of Contributors
Part 1: Reflections
Rethinking Reconciliation and Forgiveness at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
“Meeting the Man who Organised a Bomb in My Car”
Part 2: Contributions
Jurisprudence after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – ‘Welcoming Other Ways of Being’ and a ‘Jurisprudence of Sense’
Karin van Marle
Failure to Pursue Economic Reparations has, and Will Continue to Undermine Racial Reconciliation
Property in Transitional Times: The Glaring Absence of Property at the trc
Elmien du Plessis
Performing and Resisting the Post-trc ‘trauma-drama’: Survivor’s Narratives of Past and Present Violence in South Africa
The Moral Imperative of the trc and the Question of Collective Guilt
What Did the trc Teach South Africa about Democratic Citizenship?
Hugo van der Merwe
Real Zones of Indistinction: Crisis, Exception, Norm – and the trc as Biopolitical Imperative
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Light of Ubuntu: A Comprehensive Appraisal
The Media Hearings of the trc: Lessons to Be Learnt for Transitional Justice Processes
Putting the J into the trc: Kenya’s Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission
Ronald C. Slye
Karin van Marle