This month, we turn the spotlight on Dr. Hendrik J. Lubbe, currently a senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of the North-West University, Potchefstroom in South-Africa. Dr. Lubbe succesfully defended his dissertation titled Successive and Additional measures to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Amnesty Scheme in South-Africa at Tilburg University on December 13, 2010. After defending his thesis, he was encouraged and inspired by his professors to elaborate more on certain issues and included those in his book that was published this month. Here follows an excerpt:
"The process of the transformation, reconciliation, development and reconstruction of South African society had not been finalised when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Amnesty Committee reached the end of their mandates in 1998 and 2003 respectively. The reality is that apart from those people whose applications for amnesty have failed, there are also those who simply choose not to participate in the proceedings, as well as those who could not participate due to the limitations in the scope of the TRC. It is therefore imperative to implement measures to address “unfinished business”, which should be approached in such a manner that they complement and build upon the work of the TRC. This book focuses on successive measures in the form of prosecutions and on the implementation of additional measures in the form of Presidential pardons in the aftermath of the TRC’s amnesty scheme. The main objective of this book is to examine the manner in which the post-TRC phase in South Africa has unfolded and to answer the question of whether or not South Africa’s post-TRC initiatives are in compliance with both national and international law. The aim of presenting the South African model, although context specific, is to contribute to a better understanding of legal challenges a society in transition faces in the aftermath of initial measures in the form of amnesty. This will provide guidance to future societies in transition and reduce the likelihood of repeating avoidable errors – errors that transitional societies can hardly afford to make."
About the cover image
This structure was designed by Marco Cianfanelli and comprises 50 poles, each between 5 and 10 metres high. At a distance of 35 metres, a portrait of Mandela comes into focus. This monument marks 50 years since Mandela was arrested just outside Howick, on 5 August 1962. The photo was taken by Jonathan Burton.
More about the Author:
Hendrik Johannes Lubbe was born in Pretoria, South Africa on 23 October 1982. His research interests include international law, transitional justice and human rights law. Hendrik Lubbe obtained his LLB degree from the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa in 2005 and in 2006 he obtained his LLM degree from Pretoria University, South Africa. During his Ph.D research in the period 2006 to 2010, he completed a one year research internship at the South African Human Rights Commission. He also completed a six month legal internship at the United Nations International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Lubbe successfully defended his thesis at Tilburg University on 13 December 2010. He currently is a senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus.
A selection of relevant publications from the Peace Palace Library collection
- Lubbe, H.J., Successive and Additional Measures to the TRC Amnesty Scheme in South Africa: Prosecutions and Presidential Pardons, Mortsel, Intersentia, 2012.