This book attempts to draw a line of collaboration, complementarity, between trials and non-punitive approaches such as truth commissions and tries to conclude that all are two sides of the same coin: transitional justice mechanisms.
In practical terms, dealing with atrocities many countries in the world have started to look more for mechanisms which deal with acknowledgement, forgiveness and reparation or/and reconciliation. The problem actually is how the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deal with those other mechanisms. Are they complimentary or contradictory? The concern here is to discuss if the principle of complementarity of the ICC could cover internal processes, which do not necessarily involve prosecutions of individuals, like Truth Commissions?