Expectations of the Tribunal and Chambers

  • Ray Nickson
  • Alice Neikirk
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


What this chapter makes clear is that a vast number of expectations are held of transitional justice trials. Many expectations discussed by respondents were recognised as deeply held, widespread and pervasive. The expectations evident in this study can be classified into three overarching categories. The first category is about the scope of justice: who will be prosecuted; how many people will be prosecuted; for what crimes will they be prosecuted; and how much will they be punished. The second category are expectations for answers. These answers reflected expectations for societal and individual truths as a result of conflict. The third category is expectations for a better future. These categories help us understand expectation dilemmas that emerge in transitional justice settings. Most respondents recognised that the expectations frequently held by all stakeholders were often of broader transitional justice goals and not of narrower trial goals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fresno Pacific UniversityFresnoUSA
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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