The Transitional Justice Data Base Project began at the University of Wisconsin in 2005 and is led by three political scientists: Leigh A. Payne, Tricia D. Olsen, and Andrew G. Reiter. The team created a global database of over 900 mechanisms (trials, truth commissions, amnesties, reparations, and lustration policies) used from 1970-2007.
The main task of the project is to better understand how these mechanisms are used and whether they work, with the ultimate goal of improving policy. The team has published findings from the database in their book, Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (USIP Press, 2010), as well as several journal articles.
The database is available on this website, but more information about the TJDB Project can be found on our project website. If you have any questions or comments about the project, or wish to learn more about our work, please contact Andrew Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the data included on this website do not exactly match the data used in our book (Transitional Justice in Balance) and other published work for two specific reasons. First, we have added new mechanisms to the dataset since the publication of the book, and those are now found here. Second, we are still in the process of collecting detailed information on some mechanisms in the dataset, and we will only make it publicly available here when we have complete information. Please continue to check back for updates to this dataset. For further information about our case selection and mechanism coding used in our analyses, please consult our published work.