Emory International Law Review


Dustin N. Sharp


Professor Dustin N. Sharp analyzes and deconstructs the concept of the local in the context of transitional justice. While involving the local is a key to success in transitional justice interventions, in practice, the local is often overlooked or restricted by the global. Professor Sharp argues that understanding the global-local dilemma requires at least three things. First, we must understand why transitional justice became the focus for global-local tensions. Professor Sharp indentifies the Western historical and ideological origins of transitional justice as sources for global-local tensions. Second, we must understand local ownership. By describing the components of local ownership (actual control, process, and substance), Professor Sharp presents a more nuanced relationship between the global and local. Third, instead of discarding the concept of the local in favor of more complex theories, we must appreciate its interplay with the centralizing and universalizing tendencies of transitional justice.