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Justice and Reconciliation: The Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Territories

Simon Chesterman

in You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263486
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263485.003.0006
Justice and Reconciliation: The Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Territories

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How can faith in local institutions — most importantly the rule of law — be supported? In many situations, the very laws to be enforced will themselves be controversial, as Serb laws were in post‐conflict Kosovo. Similarly, appointment of judges gives rise to tensions between the need to involve local actors and the desire of international actors to maintain high standards of accountability (for the locals as well as themselves). These tensions may come to a head around the most political crimes, in turn raising the question of how to address a legacy of human rights abuse.

Keywords: amnesty; crimes against humanity; justice; lustration; ownership; reconciliation; rule of law; vetting; war crimes

Chapter.  11877 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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