Michelle_Burgis-Kasthala_profile_pic_350x350.jpg.pagespeed.ic.PIRibqWPJaIGLP Workshop Alum, Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh Law Annexe in Scotland, is pleased to announce the recent publication of her paper “Defining Justice During Transition?  International and Domestic Contestations Over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon” in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 7, 2013, 497–517,  doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijt014


This article explores the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as a site of contestation and consolidation for the fields of international criminal justice (ICJ) and transitional justice (TJ). Created in response to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005, the STL exhibits the particularly confined notions of ‘justice’ that are at play across the ICJ field. An examination of domestic Lebanese debates surrounding the Tribunal reveals, however, that ‘justice’ in the Lebanese case possesses many meanings. Rather than accept the false binary of the international over the domestic and the trial over broad-based social dialogue, this analysis of the STL reveals ways in which meanings of justice remain open to contestation both on the ground and in ICJ and TJ. The article illustrates this by examining the international–domestic law binary at play in the STL’s establishment and the way local Lebanese actors have challenged it in the country’s ongoing struggle for post-conflict political stability.