Contents : 1. Introduction.-- 2. Confronting past crimes : transitional justice and the phenomenon of truth commissions. – 3. Why a truth commission?.-- 4. The five strongest truth commissions.-- 5. Other illustrative truth commissions. -- 6. What is the truth?.-- 7. The truth about women and men.-- 8.Truth and justice : a careful but critical relationship.—9. Truth commissions and the International Criminal Court.—10. Naming names of perpetrators.—11. Healing from the past.—12. Truth and reparations.--13. Reconciliation and reforms.-- 14. Leaving the past alone.—15. When, how, and who : basic questions of methodology and operations.-- 16. Reflections : looking forward.