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Truth Commission Database Project: What is a Truth Commission and How Can We Understand it?

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Interest in cross-national comparison of transitional justice mechanisms has grown recently, as has the study of truth commissions specifically. However, like in many emerging areas of research, progress has been hampered by a lack of consensus as to what constitutes the universe of cases. In addition, no comprehensive database exists which carefully examines and measure the various important and intriguing aspects of truth commissions. To address these problems, this paper 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. In this part, we will also examine a couple of lesser known truth commission cases – e.g. South Korea, Tajikistan, and Fiji. Finally, we discuss the various important aspects of a truth commission that would be relevant to future research – i.e. duration of a commission, temporal and geographic mandate, privileges and limitation, personnel composition and budget of a commission, final reports, and policy recommendations – and introduce a complete database.
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Name: ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES
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Kim, Hunjoon. and Geoff Dancy, Geoff. "Truth Commission Database Project: What is a Truth Commission and How Can We Understand it?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p252549_index.html>

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Kim, H. and Geoff Dancy, G. , 2008-03-26 "Truth Commission Database Project: What is a Truth Commission and How Can We Understand it?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p252549_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Interest in cross-national comparison of transitional justice mechanisms has grown recently, as has the study of truth commissions specifically. However, like in many emerging areas of research, progress has been hampered by a lack of consensus as to what constitutes the universe of cases. In addition, no comprehensive database exists which carefully examines and measure the various important and intriguing aspects of truth commissions. To address these problems, this paper 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. In this part, we will also examine a couple of lesser known truth commission cases – e.g. South Korea, Tajikistan, and Fiji. Finally, we discuss the various important aspects of a truth commission that would be relevant to future research – i.e. duration of a commission, temporal and geographic mandate, privileges and limitation, personnel composition and budget of a commission, final reports, and policy recommendations – and introduce a complete database.


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