Moving Beyond Transitions to Transformation: Interactions between Transitional Justice and Constitution-Building

The increased prevalence of political transitions following internal conflict has seen heightened attention given to both transitional justice and constitution-building as fields of study and intervention. However, little attention has been paid to understanding how the interaction between the two fields can better serve their respective and mutual objectives. Better understanding of synergies between transitional justice and constitution-building can encourage decision-makers and experts in the field to consider options for maximizing the comparative advantages of transitional justice and constitution-building respectively, to pursue the overall goal of sustainable peace and development. There is great transformative potential in combining transitional justice and constitution-building, but also challenges inherent in conflating the two processes as some experiences show (among them, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tunisia).
(IDEA, Myanmar )