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Dr. Rosemary Nagy

Rosemary Nagy

​Dr. Rosemary Nagy

Faculty of Arts & Science - Chair, Gender Equality & Social Justice, Associate Professor
office: A335
email: rnagy@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705-474-3450
ext: 4156
fax: 705-474-1947
web: Rosemary Nagy Website


BA, McGill University;
MA, Carleton University;
PhD, University of Toronto

Research Interests:

My current research interests have to do with the scopes and bounds of an internationalized transitional justice. This includes the task of engendering transitional justice, the relationship between transitional justice and social or distributive justice, and legal pluralism in transitional context, in particular, the use of "traditional" mechanisms.

Current & Future Research:

Works in progress include:

Abstract for Canadian Law and Society Association (Ottawa, May 23-25, 2009)

State, Community and Transitional Justice: Considerations from Legal Pluralism

This paper examines the transnational nature of transitional justice and its operation at multiple sites, including international courts, national institutions, and community-based processes. It examines whether legal pluralism provides a way past criticisms that transitional justice is too "thin" due to state-centrism and a failure to conceptualize transitional states as anything more than an undifferentiated whole.  What are the implications of legal pluralism in transitional contexts vis-à-vis the projects of state- and nation-building? What is the meaning of the rule of law when it is developed and contested across plural legal settings? To an extent, legal pluralism indicates a "bottom-up" resistance to "top-down" conceptions of transitional justice, the rule of law, and human rights.  But it is also more complicated than this.  Pointing to the cases of Rwanda and Uganda, the paper proposes that legal pluralism also represents a complex interplay of power and ideas within and between international, national and local sites of transitional justice.  State power to produce conceptions of transitional justice, the rule of law, and human rights is both challenged and consolidated.


Refereed Journals

Susan M. Thomson and Rosemary Nagy, "Law, Power and Justice: Local Power Dynamics in Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts," International Journal of Transitional Justice (forthcoming)

"Transitional Justice as Global Project: Critical Reflections," Third World Quarterly 29, no. 2 (2008): 275-289.

"Post-Apartheid Justice: Can Cosmopolitanism and Nation-Building be Reconciled?," Law and Society Review 40, 3 (2006): 623-652.

"After the TRC: Citizenship, Memory and Reconciliation," Canadian Journal of African Studies 38, no. 3 (2004): 638-653.

"The Ambiguities of Reconciliation and Responsibility in South Africa," Political Studies 52 (2004): 709-727.

"Violence, Amnesty and Transitional Law: 'Private' Acts and 'Public' Truth in South Africa," African Journal of Legal Studies 1, no.1 (2004):1-22 at http://www.africalawinstitute.org/ajls/vol1/no1/nagy.pdf.

“Reconciliation in Post-Commission South Africa: Thick and Thin Accounts of Solidarity,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 35, no. 2 (2002): 323-346.

Chapters in edited books

"Transitional Justice as Global Project: Critical Reflections," (reprinted in) Osgoode Reader: Law in Transition -- Human Rights, Development and Restorative Justice," eds. Peer Zumbansen and Ruth Buchanan (forthcoming)

"Introduction" (with Melissa Williams), Nomos: Transitional Justice, ed. Melissa Williams and Rosemary Nagy (New York: NYU Press, forthcoming).

"Whose Justice? Gacaca, National Trials and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda" in Reconciliation(s): Transitional Justice in Postconflict Societies, ed. Joanna R. Quinn (Montreal, McGill-Queen's Press: forthcoming 2009).

"After the TRC: Citizenship, Memory and Reconciliation" (reprinted in) Fragile Freedom: Democracy's First Decade in South Africa, eds. A.H. Jeeves and G. Cuthbertson (Tshwane, University of South Africa Press: forthcoming 2009).

Book Reviews

Transitional Justice From Below: Grassroots Activism and the Struggle for Change. Edited by Kieran McEvoy and Lorna McGregor. Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart, 2008. In Law and Society Review 43:3 (forthcoming).

What Happened to the Women? Gender and Reparations for Human Rights Violations. Edited by Ruth Rubio-Marín. New York: Social Science Research Council, 2006. In Peace and Change (forthcoming).​

Courses Taught:

​GEND 3306: Theories of Power and Equality

GEND 2226:  Case Studies in Persecution and Violent Conflict  

GEND 2147:  Citizenship and Social Justice   

GEND 3227: Transitional Justice 


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