Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM152: Post-Conflict Human Rights and Transitional Justice

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Chandra Lekha Sriram, Confronting Past Human Rights Violations: Justice v. Peace in Times of Transition, London and New York: Frank Cass, 2004.



Henry J Steiner, Philip Alston, and Ryan Goodman, International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals, Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 2007.


Michael Goodhart (ed.), Human Rights: Politics and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2009.


Joanna Quinn, Reconciliation(s): Transitional Justice in Postconflict Societies, Montreal and Kingston: McGillQueen’s University Press, 2009.


Pablo de Grieff, ‘Theorizing Transitional Justice’. In Transitional Justice, Nomos, Volume L. Edited by Melissa Williams, Rosemary Nagy, and Jon Elster, New York, NY: New York University Press, 2012. 


Priscilla Hayner, Unspeakable Truths: Confronting State Atrocity and Terror, Routledge, 2001.


Paul Gready and Simon Robins. ‘From Transitional Justice to Transformative Justice: a New Agenda in Practice’, The International Journal for Transitional Justice 8, no. 3, 2014.


Kirsten Ainley, Rebekka Friedman, and Chris Mahony, eds, Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in PostConflict Sierra Leone, Palgrave, 2015.


Roht-Arriaza, Naomi and Javier Mariezcurrena (eds), Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice, Cornel University Press, 2006.


United Nations. ‘What is Transitional Justice? A Backgrounder’. (February 20, 2008), available at: nd_note.pdf.