Transitional Justice

According to, “transitional justice is rooted in accountability and redress for victims. It recognizes their dignity as citizens and as human beings. Ignoring massive abuses is an easy way out but it destroys the values on which any decent society can be built. Transitional justice asks the most difficult questions imaginable about law and politics. By putting victims and their dignity first it signals the way forward for a renewed commitment to make sure ordinary citizens are safe in their own countries – safe from the abuses of their own authorities and effectively protected from violations by others. Finding legitimate responses to massive violations under these real constraints of scale and societal fragility is what defines transitional justice and distinguishes it from human rights promotion and defense in general.

The collection of videos listed below relate to this intricate subject and provide a wealth of knowledge, insight, and awareness about contemporary efforts to advance this form of thinking.


Harvard University Transitional Justice Study Group
Reconciliation, Restorative Justice and Transitional Justice
London School of Economics – Transitional Justice
American Bar Association – Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law
United Nations Institute – Historical Memory Justice
The Aspen Institute – Transitional Justice