NGO influence in global governance: achieving transitional justice in Uganda and beyond

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Kirabira, T. 2021. NGO influence in global governance: achieving transitional justice in Uganda and beyond. Cambridge International Law Journal. 10 (2), pp. 280-299. https://doi.org/10.4337/cilj.2021.02.06
AuthorsKirabira, T.
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This paper looks at the interface between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international criminal justice, within the broader context of transitional justice (TJ). The unique case of Northern Uganda is used as an example to illustrate the role of NGOs in global governance. Due to the growing demand for criminal accountability as a form of TJ, the paper makes a qualitative assessment of NGO relationships at domestic and global levels. It illustrates how NGOs contribute to the legitimisation of global norms and criminal accountability for international crimes. It reveals an organisational articulation of international criminal justice using victims’ rights discourses and interventions. It is shown that international NGOs assert a form of sociological legitimacy in support of the International Criminal Court. The paper concludes that there is still a compelling case to be made for the involvement of NGOs in global governance. The impact of this research serves to invite further reflection on the work of NGOs, uncovering their critical role in the domestic implementation of global norms within the context of TJ.

Keywordsglobal governance; non-governmental organizations; transitional justice; Uganda; international crimes; international criminal justice; legitimacy
JournalCambridge International Law Journal
Journal citation10 (2), pp. 280-299
ISSN2398-9181
Year2021
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
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This is a draft article. The final version is available in Cambridge International Law Journal published in 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd:
http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/cilj.2021.02.06

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