Jon Elster: Justice, Truth, Peace

The PRIO Annual Peace Address 2010, the first in a series, was given by Jon Elster. One of the world’s most influential voices in social science, Elster is currently affiliated with Collège de France (Paris), Columbia University (New York) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Elster gave the 2010 Address on the topic of Justice, Truth, Peace.


"The general tendency of the human mind to believe that all good things go together is well illustrated by the pursuit of justice, peace and truth in post-conflict situations. Although these values sometimes do enhance each other, they can also undermine each other. There can also be a tension between transitional justice and distributive justice. In developing these ideas I shall notably draw on recent developments in Colombia."

Jon Elster's talk was followed by comments by Elisabeth Wood and Dagfinn Føllesdal, and a reception.