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This edited volume brings together well-established and emerging scholars of transitional justice to discuss the persistence of amnesty in the age of human rights accountability. The volume attempts to reframe debates, moving beyond the limited approaches of 'truth versus justice' or 'stability versus accountability' in which many of these issues have been cast in the existing scholarship. The theoretical and empirical contributions in this book offer new ways of understanding and tackling the enduring persistence of amnesty in the age of accountability. In addition to cross-national studies, the volume encompasses eleven country cases of amnesty for past human rights violations: Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Uganda and Uruguay. The volume goes beyond merely describing these case studies, but also considers what we learn from them in terms of overcoming impunity and promoting accountability to contribute to improvements in human rights and democracy.
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Formatted Contents Note
The age of accountability : the global rise of individual criminal accountability / Kathryn Sikkink The amnesty controversy in international law / Mark Freeman and Max Pensky Amnesties' challenge to the global accountability norm? : interpreting regional and international trends in amnesty enactment / Louise Mallinder From amnesty to accountability : the ebb and flow in the search for justice in Argentina / Pat Engstrom and Gabriel Pereira Barriers to justice : the Ley de Caducidad and impunity in Uruguay / Francesca Lessa Resistance to change : Brazil's persistent amnesty and its alternatives for truth and justice / Paulo Abrão and Marcelo D. Torelly De facto and De jure amnesty laws : the Central American case / Emily Braid and Naomi Roht-Arriaza Creeks of justice : debating post-atrocity accountability and amnesty in Rwanda and Uganda / Phil Clark Accountability through conditional amnesty : the case of South Africa / Antje du Bois-Pedain De facto amnesty? The example of post-Soeharto Indonesia / Patrick Burgess A limited amnesty? Insights from Cambodia / Ronald C. Slye The Spanish Amnesty Law of 1977 in comparative perspective : from a law for democracy to a law for impunity / Paloma Aguilar Conclusion : Amnesty in the age of accountability / Tricia D. Olsen, Leigh A. Payne, and Andrew G. Reiter.