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Working Title of PhD: Transitional Justice, International Law, and Regional Particularism in Southeast Asia: An Analysis Focused on Victims’ Right to Justice

Full time or part time: Full time

Year commenced PhD study: 2022

PhD Supervisors: Milena Tripkovic, Andy Aydın-Aitchison


Transitional justice, which includes the means by which a society responds to legacies of mass atrocities, has been extensively practiced in Southeast Asia in the 21st century. In contrast to a narrow, rights-based understanding of transitional justice associated with Western liberalism and legalism that dominates transitional justice responses at the international level, Southeast Asia has witnessed broader, and more pluralistic perceptions of justice shaped by local and cultural specificities.

This research uses post-conflict Cambodia and East Timor as case studies to demonstrate the incompatibility between the types of justice provided by mainstream transitional justice mechanisms and needs and priorities of the most affected populations. It seeks to understand what scope there is for Southeast Asian transitional justice values and practices to inform the dominant international model of transitional justice.

Keywords: transitional justice; local particularism; Southeast Asia



University of Edinburgh

Research Themes

Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

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