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The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath$
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Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210960.001.0001

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Confronting Qadhafi’s Legacy

Confronting Qadhafi’s Legacy

Transitional Justice in Libya

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The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath

Marieke Wierda

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the trajectory of transitional justice in Libya. It begins by examining its impediments, including the length and scope of abuses it would cover, and the justice paradox inherent in liberation movements, which in Libya’s case led to a far-reaching law on “political isolation”. The chapter then lays out the current transitional justice approaches being implemented in Libya, concluding that transitional justice remains critical as an alternative to vigilante justice or revenge acts against perceived perpetrators, privileging instead support to victims and strengthening Libya’s new institutions and culture of human rights. Where appropriate, the chapter discusses the role of the international community, particularly the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the ICC, in promoting transitional justice in Libya.

Keywords:   Libya, transitional justice, United Nations, human rights, national dialogue, political isolation, institutions, statebuilding, judicial reform, reconciliation

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