Aloyo argues that transitional justice should be democratized so that victims and potential victims constitute the transitional justice demos. To realize this goal he proposes a method by which people can be enfranchised to make such choices. This article balances three democratic principles: collective self-determination, the all- affected-interests principle, and the protection of individual rights that are necessary for voting. Aloyo proposes a new institution that would balance international and local control of transitional justice decision making, and choose the demos. This article does not attempt to construct a theory of how to resolve tensions in transitional justice decisions. Instead, Aloyo discusses a theory of who should be empowered to make transitional justice decisions and how their powers should be constrained.
Transitional justice should be democratized by enfranchising people to make such choices.
Transitional justice options often involve trade-offs.
A new institution should be created that would balance international and local control of transitional justice decision making, and choose the demos.