Bakiner Publishes on Truth Commissions

Written by Laura Paskin
January 12, 2016

Political Science Professor Onur Bakiner published Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
In his book, Bakiner examined the success of truth commissions in promoting policy reform, human rights accountability, and the public recognition of human rights violations.
“Truth commissions have gone beyond seeking redress for past human rights violations,” Bakiner said. “They have challenged and transformed public discourses on memory, truth, justice, reconciliation, recognition, nationalism, and political legitimacy in the contemporary world.”
Bakiner, who received his Ph.D. from Yale University, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014. He focuses his teaching and research on transitional justice, judicial politics, and civil war, particularly in Latin American and the Middle East. His recent articles have appeared in leading transitional justice, social memory and judicial politics journals.

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