Contesting Transitional Justice in Nepal

Stream: Panel 11 - International Relations: Transitional Justice in the Asia Pacific
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Abstract

Although the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nepal includes a commitment to pursue transitional justice (TJ), some ten years later, seemingly little progress has been made on the TJ front. Some actors classify the TJ process in Nepal as ‘stillborn’ and a failure. However, far from being a ‘stillborn’ process there has in fact been a great deal of political activity in relation to TJ in Nepal. Actors frequently seek to advance their interests by utilising the process, institutions and language of TJ. Using an action spectrum derived from contentious politics literature and resistance literature this presentation argues that a diverse range of actors seek to engage with and mould TJ in Nepal, which complicates the TJ process but also presents opportunities.

Author

Yvette Selim (Presenter), UNSW
Yvette is a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, UTS. She lecturers in Development Studies, Social Science and International Relations. Yvette's research focuses on transitional justice in Nepal and her research interests include development, peacebuilding, transitional justice, conflict resolution, human rights and Asia.