The Concept of a Just Peace, or Achieving Peace Through Recognition, Renouncement, and Rule

Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller

in What is a Just Peace?

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275359
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603686 | DOI:
The Concept of a Just Peace, or Achieving Peace Through Recognition, Renouncement, and Rule

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In this concluding chapter, Allan and Keller posit that Just Peace should be defined as a process resting on four necessary and sufficient conditions: thin recognition whereby the other is accepted as autonomous; thick recognition whereby identities need to be accounted for; renouncement, requiring significant sacrifices from all parties; and rule, the objectification of a Just Peace by a ‘text’ requiring a common language respecting the identities of each, and defining their rights and duties. This approach, based on a language-oriented process amongst directly concerned parties, goes beyond liberal and culturalist perspectives. By moving beyond the idea of a peace founded on norms claiming universal scope, each side of a conflict has a place at the negotiating table to present their own perspective on what justice might entail. This inclusion into the decision-making process helps create the feeling of personal investment in the final negotiated product. In addition, negotiators need to work towards building a novel shared reality as well as a new common language to help foster an enduring harmony between previously clashing peoples.

Keywords: justice; peace; recognition; renouncement; rule; language-oriented process; negotiations; inclusion

Chapter.  9660 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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