‘The impossible only takes a little longer’, or what may be learned from the Argentine experience of justice

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
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Katja SeidelDepartment of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Vienna
Universitätstraße 7/4
1010 Vienna Autstria
 katja.seidel@univie.ac.at

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This article discusses the meaning of justice in the context of cosmopolitan law and human rights movements in Argentina. Specifically, it addresses the practice of , an alternative path to justice introduced by the organisation HIJOS, and the current trials against the ‘perpetrators’ of the last military regime. In doing so, the article traces the connection between an emergent consciousness of genocide as a historical ‘truth’ and the innovative localisation of cosmopolitan law in order to meet this ‘truth’ on a juridical level. As such it offers the idea of social and legal practices to be analysed not just as local articulations of justice, but as legal theory productions with potential lessons for elsewhere.

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