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Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania

New Insights

Editor(s): Lavinia Stan, Lucian Turcescu

Book Description

Are there any lessons Romania can teach transitional justice scholars and practitioners? This book argues that important insights emerge when analyzing a country with a moderate record of coming to terms with its communist past. Taking a broad definition of transitional justice as their starting point, contributors provide fresh assessments of the history commission, court trials, public identifications of former communist perpetrators, commemorations, and unofficial artistic projects that seek to address and redress the legacies of communist human rights violations. Theoretical and practical questions regarding the continuity of state agencies, the sequencing of initiatives, their advantages and limitations, the reasons why some reckoning programs are enacted and others are not, and these measures’ efficacy in promoting truth and justice are answered throughout the volume. Contributors include seasoned scholars from Romania, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and current and former leaders of key Romanian transitional justice institutions.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3152-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3152-2
Date of Publication: 01/02/2017
Pages / Size: 360 / A5
Price: £57.99


Lavinia Stan is Chair of the Political Science Department at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, the current President of the Society for Romanian Studies and a former member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile (in Bucharest). She is the author of Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania (2013), and the co-editor of Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (2009), the Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (three volumes, 2013), as well as Post-Communist Transitional Justice at 25 (2015). Together with Lucian Turcescu, she co-authored Religion and Politics in Post-Communist Romania (2007) and Church, State and Democracy in Expanding Europe (2011).

Lucian Turcescu is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University, Canada. He is Past President of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (2004–2008) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and Theoforum (formerly Eglise et Theologie). He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, and as the Corporation’s combined program director (1999–2002). In addition to the books he co-authored with Lavinia Stan, Turcescu co-edited The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity (2008), and authored Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons (2005).