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- DescriptionAdam Sitze meticulously traces the origins of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission back to two well-established instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the commission of inquiry. This genealogy provides a fresh, though counterintuitive, understanding of the TRC's legal, political, and cultural importance. The TRC's genius, Sitze contends, is t the substitution of forgiving restorative justice for strict legal justice but rather the invative adaptation of colonial law, sovereignty, and government. However, this approach also contains a potential liability: if the TRC's origins are forgotten, the very enterprise intended to overturn the jurisprudence of colonial rule may perpetuate it. In sum, Sitze proposes a provocative new means by which South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be understood and evaluated.
- Author BiographyAdam Sitze is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College, USA.
- Author(s)Adam Sitze
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication31/01/2016
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Content Note1 illustration
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
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