Where Law Meets Reality

Where Law Meets Reality

Forging African Transitional Justice
Edited by Moses Chrispus Okello, Chris Dolan, Undine Whande, Nokukhanya Mncwabe, Levis Onegi, Stephen Oola

The most important part of addressing the challenge to break the hold of human rights violations on any society, is to understand the dynamics at work. This book brings together some of the people who are best placed to guide us in this process in Africa, and to present us with a guide to action.
- Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Pretoria

"Where Law Meets Reality: Forging African Transitional Justice" confronts the current debates in international justice on the fragile nexus between peace, reconciliation and justice. By placing African practitioners at the center of the debate, this critical volume makes a powerful contribution to the field by re-examining transitional justice as an effective path towards peace in an African context.
- Abdul Tejan-Cole, regional director for Africa at the Open Society Foundations

A rigorous and original publication that interrogates the complex, elastic and fluid concept of transitional justice in Africa.
- Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha, professor and dean, School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda

"Where Law meets Reality" is an exciting publication which challenges the current discourse on transitional justice and raises important questions around the 'One Size fits All' model that has been adopted in most post-conflict states in the African region. The authors are not afraid to raise difficult questions which are necessary if we are to develop mechanisms for Dealing with the Past which are appropriate to the African context. This is a – a must-read for scholars,policy-makers and all who seek African perspectives on dealing with the past.
- Yasmin Sooka, executive director, Foundation for Human Rights