The first textbook in the field, An Introduction to Transitional Justice, published by Routledge (, is available now in bookstores. The textbook was put together by Olivera Simic with contributions on a diverse range of relevant topics. I authored the chapter on “Lustration and Vetting,” which gave me the opportunity to review those methods once again. This is a great addition that should be of interest to students and faculty members alike!

The Routledge website promotes the book: “An Introduction to Transitional Justice provides the first comprehensive overview of transitional justice judicial and non-judicial measures implemented by societies to redress legacies of massive human rights abuse. Written by some of the leading experts in the field it takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, addressing the dominant transitional justice mechanisms as well as key themes and challenges faced by scholars and practitioners. Using a wide historic and geographic range of case studies to illustrate key concepts and debates, and featuring discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, this is an essential introduction to the subject for students.”

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Transitional Justice, Anja Mihr  

2. The Development of Transitional Justice, Andrew Reiter  

3. Intermational Criminal Justice, Rachel Kerr  

4. Gender and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Johanna Mannegren Selimovic  

5. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Agata Fijalkowski  

6. Amnesty, Agata Fijalkowski  

7. Lustration and Vetting, Lavinia Stan  

8. Local Transitional Justice: Customary Law, Healing Rituals, and Everyday Justice, Lars Waldorf

9. Reparations, Jemima Garcia-Godos  

10. Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding, Lia Kent  

11. Arts and Transitional Justice, Olivera Simić 

12. Memorials and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel 

13. Measuring the Success (or Failure) of Transitional Justice, Andy Reiter  

14. Doing the Fieldwork: Well-being of Transitional Justice Researchers, Olivera Simić