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Notes from the Field

The International Journal of Transitional Justice aims to provide a forum for developing and sharing knowledge and for building and consolidating research expertise in this vital field of study. Most importantly, IJTJ serves as both a vehicle for this information and as a point of dialogue between activists, practitioners, and academics. In addition to regular length articles, the IJTJ has a section entitled ' Notes from the Field ' which carries:

• shorter practitioner-focused articles
• discussion papers
• responses to earlier articles
• reflections on personal experience in the field
• and the presentation of new data


In line with the IJTJ’s aim of creating a forum for dialogue, ‘Notes from the Field’ provides an opportunity for practitioners to share their insights from the context in which they work, and to reflect critically on their own practice in an academic space where such voices are often underrepresented.

‘Notes from the Field’ are:

• shorter than traditional articles with an upper limit of 5,000 words
more practice-oriented , and need not engage as deeply with the theoretical literature in the field
relevant to developing events within transitional justice (and, because of this immediacy, the IJTJ often prioritizes such pieces in the publication process)

We are also interested in receiving different types of formats to those that have been published previously, such as pieces of creative writing or interviews .

Given the context-specific nature of the transitional justice discourse, we believe that it is particularly important to elevate local voices in order to foster a balanced discussion, so that valuable lessons may be drawn to inform future TJ interventions and policy development. It is with this in mind that the IJTJ particularly encourages authors and practitioners in the global South to contribute to this section.

As with our articles, ‘Notes from the Field’ will be peer-reviewed and need to meet the same writing and referencing standards as articles. Interested authors can refer to past Notes from the Field for guidance, and are welcome to contact the editors for further assistance, with regard to both structure and editing.

Recent ‘Notes from the Field’ articles:


Beyond Conventional Transitional Justice: Egypt's 2011 Revolution and the Absence of Political Will
Reem Abou-El-Fadl
(2012) 6(2): 318-330 - FREE

Hopes and Uncertainties: Liberia’s Journey to End Impunity
Aaron Weah
(2012) 6(2): 331-343 - FREE

Truth in the Time of Fear: Adiós, Ayacucho's Poetics of Memory and the Peruvian Transitional Justice Process
Felipe Cala Buendía
(2012) 6(2): 344-354

Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: How to Shed Light on the Past while Standing in the Dark Shadow of Politics?
Stef Vandeginste
(2012) 6(2): 355-365

Reconciliation, Justice and Mobilization of War Victims in Afghanistan
Sari Kouvo and Dallas Mazoori
(2011) 5(3): 492-503 - FREE

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