The Battle for Transitional Justice: Hegemony, Iraq, and International Law

Christine Bell, Colm Campbell, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

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This chapter explores the interplay of two seemingly contradictory international law trends impacting on transitional justice discourses. The first trend is the appearance of transitional justice as being an attempt to extend the reach of international law, and the other is its shift away from international law as a restraining force and its representation as being susceptible or subject to the interpretations and retrenchment of the hegemonic power which is the United States. The chapter also examines the relationship of the exercise of hegemonic power to international law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJudges, Transition, and Human Rights
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191695599
ISBN (Print)9780199204939
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Hegemonic power
  • International law
  • Justice
  • Law
  • Transitional justice
  • United states


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