Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies

Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies

by Alexander Mayer-Rieckh
     
 

Countries emerging from armed conflict or authoritarian rule face difficult questions about what to do with public employees who perpetrated past human rights abuses and the institutional structures that allowed such abuses to happen. Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies examines the transitional reform known as

Overview

Countries emerging from armed conflict or authoritarian rule face difficult questions about what to do with public employees who perpetrated past human rights abuses and the institutional structures that allowed such abuses to happen. Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies examines the transitional reform known as "vetting"—the process by which abusive or corrupt employees are excluded from public office. More than a means of punishing individuals, vetting represents an important transitional justice measure aimed at reforming institutions and preventing the recurrence of abuses. The book is the culmination of a multiyear project headed by the International Center for Transitional Justice that included human rights lawyers, experts on police and judicial reform, and scholars of transitional justice and reconciliation. It features case studies of Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, the former German Democratic Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and South Africa, as well as chapters on due process, information management, and intersections between other institutional reforms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979077210
Publisher:
Social Science Research Council
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
A Columbia / SSRC Book Series
Pages:
566
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Christopher Stone
"Justice as Prevention is a triple boon to the field of good governance. It establishes the importance of vetting as an integral part of transitional justice; it gives us a nuanced look at the complexity of the issues, which make vetting in practice so much more difficult than in policy; and, finally, it provides an invaluable, practical set of guidelines for those who take up this crucial work. Rarely does a single volume speak with such moral, historical, and practical authority all at once."--(Christopher Stone, Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
Mark A. Kroeker
"This penetrating and timely collection of studies contributes much to our understanding of the role vetting plays in pursuit of the rule of law in post-conflict settings. It skillfully articulates how vetting is at the heart of ensuring public confidence in police and other law enforcement agencies in transitional societies. Justice as Prevention is a great contribution to the growing discipline of post-conflict institutional reform."--(Mark A. Kroeker, Police Adviser and Director of the Police Division, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations)

Meet the Author

Alexander Mayer-Rieckh manages the Security System Reform Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and heads its office in Geneva. Formerly the chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mayer-Rieckh has worked on behalf of the UN in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Timor Leste and has published articles on post-conflict institutional reform and peacebuilding. Pablo de Greiff is director of research at the ICTJ. Formerly associate professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, de Greiff is the editor of seven books, most recently The Handbook of Reparations.

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