The Puzzle of Transitional Justice in Ukraine

Igor Lyubashenko , Klaus Bachmann


After the Maidan uprising and the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian parliament passed a number of transitional justice measures, including criminal trials and vetting of public employees, members of the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. Despite strong public demand for retribution, only a limited number of suspects have so far been punished under the new laws. This article examines whether the way transitional justice in post-Maidan Ukraine has been carried out corroborates the assumption that can be derived from the transitional justice literature about the scope of retribution after negotiated transitions. It argues that transitional justice in Ukraine is generally better explained by ‘the politics of the present’ than by the ‘politics of the past,’ but that additional and so far underresearched factors shaping transitional justice outcomes should be included: administrative capacities and traditions and the nexus between a transitional government’s international commitments and the role of the judiciary, especially with regard to large-scale vetting policies.
Author Igor Lyubashenko (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Igor Lyubashenko,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
, Klaus Bachmann (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Klaus Bachmann,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Transitional Justice, ISSN 1752-7716, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.85
Keywords in EnglishUkraine, International Criminal Court, vetting, corruption, conflict
ASJC Classification3308 Law
Languageen angielski
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K. BachmannThe Puzzle of Transitional Justice in Ukraine oświadczenie.pdf 165.24 KB
K. Bachmann, I. Lyubashenko The Puzzle of Transitional Justice in Ukraine ART.pdf 182.72 KB
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.902; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.625 (2) - 2017=2.007 (5)
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