The Turn to Truth: Trends in Truth Commission Experimentation

  • Citation: Dancy, Geoff, Hunjoon Kim, and Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm. “The Turn to Truth: Trends in Truth Commission Experimentation.” Journal of Human Rights 9, no. 1 (2010): 45–64.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • transitional justice mechanisms
    • truth commissions
    • trends

Interest in cross-national comparison of transitional justice mechanisms has grown recently, as has the study of truth commissions in particular. However, as is true of many emerging areas of research, progress has been hampered by significant gaps in data and by a lack of consensus as to what constitutes the universe of cases. To address this problem, this article introduces the most comprehensive truth commission database we know to be in existence. First, we describe the process of collecting information on truth commission cases and outline our logic in determining what cases to include in the database. Then, we briefly discuss the attributes of truth commission cases included in the database and explain our reasoning regarding their inclusion. Finally, we use the data to provide an overview of patterns and trends in the use of truth commissions.

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