Persistent or Eroding Impunity? The Divergent Effects of Legal Challenges to Amnesty Laws for Past Human Rights Violations

@article{Lessa2014PersistentOE,
  title={Persistent or Eroding Impunity? The Divergent Effects of Legal Challenges to Amnesty Laws for Past Human Rights Violations},
  author={Francesca Lessa and Tricia Olsen and Leigh A. Payne and Gabriel Pereira and Andrew G. Reiter},
  journal={Israel Law Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={47},
  pages={105 - 131}
}
Transitional countries have struggled to overcome impunity for human rights violations committed by past authoritarian regimes. While some scholars have hailed the emergence of a ‘justice cascade’, a ‘justice revolution’, and an ‘age of accountability’, our research highlights the persistence of amnesty laws despite efforts to erode them. This article examines 63 amnesties for human rights violations committed by state agents that were enacted in 34 transitional countries from 1970 to 2011, and… 
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