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Melissa S. Williams, Rosemary Nagy, and Jon Elster

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794661

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794661.001.0001

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When More May be Less

When More May be Less

Transitional Justice in East Timor

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Transitional Justice

David Cohen

Leigh-Ashley Lipscomb

NYU Press

This chapter presents the case of East Timor to challenge the notion that the accumulation of transitional justice mechanisms in any post-conflict context necessarily leads to a better result for the population for whose benefit these mechanisms are purportedly deployed. In doing so, the chapter examines three distinctive characteristics of East Timor. The first outstanding feature of the East Timor context is its dual transition. This study examines the shift from authoritarianism to democracy in two countries at the same time—the newly independent East Timor and the reformist regime after the end of dictatorship in Indonesia. Second, the country is one of the few contexts in which the United Nations acted as sovereign. Finally, it is the only place where a hybrid tribunal, a national tribunal from another country, a national truth commission, and a bilateral truth commission have all been deployed.

Keywords:   East Timor, transitional justice, dual transition, democracy, authoritarianism, hybrid tribunal, national tribunal, national truth commission, bilateral truth commission

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