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Symbols and Narratives of Justice

In this blog post we will discuss the article by Bennett, W. Lance og Alexandra Segerberg (2012) called “The Logic of Connective Action: Digital media and the personalization of contentious politics”. Out from this article we will take a look at the influence social media has on the way we discuss politics with […]

What is just war?

Determining whether war is just or unjust will always be a matter of standpoint and perspective. There will always be some who fight against the use of force and who feels that war should only be the very last resort for solving conflicts. Others might choose to go to war because they find the alternative […]

The Challenges of Watchdogs, the Problems Surrounding Them, and the Outcomes:

This blog discusses the difficulties of translators (activists, volunteers, NGO participants, officers, community leaders, etc.) through their encounters with vulnerable communities or inflicted persons violated of their human rights and their donors or the heads of states. Translators translate transnational ideas to local settings. They are tasked with explaining democracy and human rights from the […]

Who is accountable – the collective or individual?

Authors: Yaqub Abdirahman, Sarah Zarhdani, Ida Juel Koll and Rukiatu Fatmata Sheriff

This blog entry illustrates the distinctive temporal progressions of trial processes and their significances for how justice and fairness are perceived and achieved in international justice. Furthermore, through the usage of Schabas’ text, this entry will draw on The Nuremberg trials and […]

The correlation between reparations and assistance and its impact on beneficiaries

The notion of reparative justice, in forms of either reparations or assistance provided to beneficiaries, and its issue of a seemingly unclear dichotomy between the two of them in transitional justice, has been discussed and examined by many scholars. According to Peter J. Dixon’s work on reparations and assistance, the distinction between the two is […]

The South African Experiment

When one sets out to examine the relatively modern field of restorative justice, particularly Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, one must acknowledge the general intention and courage of those attempting to establish peace and ensure justice in a wholly new way. In the case of the South African TRC, the subject of Graeme Simpson’s work, “Tell […]

Retributive vs. Restorative justice using the example of The People V. Brock Allen Turner Case

This blog post is going to discuss the People V. Brock Allen Turner case and analyze how restorative justice could have been more beneficial to the ruling of the case. Retributive justice focuses solely on gaining justice through a unilateral method of punishing the offender. In restorative justice there is a bilateral method in which […]

Is it just Just War?

At first glance the six stipulations for jus ad bellum seems legitimate and something we can all agree on. The simple and comprehensible principles for going to war might even seem like an oversimplification of very complex state of affairs. Is it really possible to make six universalistic statements that can justify going to war? […]

Perspectives on retributive and restorative justice

One can consider and practice justice, from different perspectives, e.g. the retributive and restorative point of view. The retributive justice refers to punishment as based on the need for revenge, in which the element of justice lies (Wenzel, 2007: 376), where, in the restorative justice, it is the healing element rather than punishment that is […]

Is “Our” democratic model the perfect one?

When George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq in 2003 the main “public”reason was that USA had to help Iraq with a new society model. A country, which had to be democratic and equal, and people like Saddam must not rule. After 13 years the situation in Iraq did not change. The Country is […]