Implicit Religion, Vol 7, No 1 (2004)

Infinite Justice: Implicitly Religious Responses to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

John B. Allcock
Issued Date: 28 Mar 2007


The article sets out from the idea that it might be interesting and helpful to look

at emerging international judicial institutions in terms of implicit religion,

which exemplify the human search for transcendent justice. This possibility is

explored in relation to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The problems attending such institutions are reviewed, suggesting that

they must inevitably fail to meet our expectations for ‘infinite justice’. Addressing

aspects of justice such as restitution, reconciliation and forgiveness, other mechanisms

are being developed which have a more explicitly religious character. The

article concludes with a critical examination of general approaches to implicit

religion in terms of its functional equivalence to conventionally defined religion.

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DOI: 10.1558/imre.


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