A critique of law's violence yet(never) to come

United Nations’ transitional justice policyand the (fore)closure of reconciliation

Erik Doxtader

There is apparently no moment in which a decision can be called presently and fully just; either it has not yet been made according to a rule, and nothing allows us to call it just, or it has already followed a rule – whether received, confirmed, conserved or reinvented – which in its turn is not absolutely guaranteed by anything; and moreover, if it were guaranteed, the decision would be reduced to calculation and we couldn't call it just.

Jacques Derrida

In transition: For the law, the promise of reconciliation remains and must remain yet to come; asked of its own limit, the question of good faith ...

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