Transitional justice networks and the role of ‘local’ actors in Cambodia

Peter Manning, Jordan Tchilingirian, Somaly Kum, Tudor Nedelcu

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Debates over localisation in transitional justice and peacebuilding have been characterised by the assumption that more equitable relationships between local and international actors allow for more effective and just interventions. Critical scholarship has in turn cautioned over the use of reified conceptions of the ‘local’ and ‘international’, emphasising each as contested sites. Through a network analysis of transitional justice event data in Cambodia, we ask: what are the roles and influence of Cambodian actors, and what might their positions tell us about the relationships between international and local groups? We find that event data shows strong local representation within the transitional justice community. However, representation is not synonymous with influence. Our data demonstrates an uneven distribution of network positions within both local and international groupings. This illustrates the need for greater attention to the role of individual biographies that advantage certain individuals to shape transitional justice interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-176
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Peacebuilding & Development
Issue number2
Early online date12 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


  • Cambodia
  • knowledge production
  • social network analysis
  • transitional justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Safety Research


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