2011 | Rianne Letschert, Roelof Haveman , Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Antony Pemberton; Victimological Approaches to International Crimes: Africa
by Rianne Letschert, Roelof Haveman , Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Antony Pemberton
The peculiar situation of victims of international crimes calls for a holistic approach that links various relevant fields like traumatic stress, the social psychology of group conflict and resolution and the psychology and sociology of legal processes. The latter is important in its own right, but also for the on-going efforts in transitional and international criminal justice, as it can provide the empirical underpinning of the choices and developments in these fields. Transcending the disciplinary divisions in the study of victims of international crimes is the main focus of this first volume of essays contributing to developing victimological approaches to international crimes. Focusing on the African continent, scholars from different disciplines review the similarities and differences between victims of ordinary crimes and those of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.