Transitional Justice in Unified Korea

Edited by Baek Buhm-SukRuti G. Teitel

No one knows when Korean unification will take place. Experts predict that it will take decades, if not more, to overcome the huge economic, social, and political divide between the two Koreas. However, if and when unification occurs, transitional justice will be a crucial part of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The authors of this book draw on real-world experience, comparative case studies, and theoretical knowledge to examine potential ways transitional justice might unfold. Although there are an overwhelming number of uncertainties, this book presents many of the factors that will be at play during the transition period. The authors find that, among other factors, social reconciliation, education, memorialization, and establishment of the rule of law will be a fundamental part of rebuilding society in a unified Korea.


Mireille Affa’a-Mindzie, International Peace Institute, USA
Cho Jung-hyun, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, South Korea
Roberta Cohen, The Brookings Institution, USA
Lisa Collins, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea
Anna Dolidze, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Constantin Goschler, Ruhr University, Germany
Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation, USA
Kim Yuri, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea
Rajiv Narayan, International Commission against the Death Penalty, Spain
Andrew S. Natsios, Texas A&M University, USA
Muna B. Ndulo, Cornell University, USA
Andrew G. Reiter, Mount Holyoke College, USA
Greg Scarlatoiu, U.S. Committee for Human Rights, North Korea
Lavinia Stan, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

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