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Peacebuilding and Rule of Law in Africa

Just Peace?, 1st Edition

Edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega, Johanna Herman


280 pages

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The promotion of the rule of law has become an increasingly important element of peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, particularly in Africa, where there have been numerous internal armed conflicts and missions over the last decade. 

This book explores the expanding international efforts to promote rule of law in countries emerging from violent conflict. With a focus on Africa, the authors critically examines the impact of these activities in relation to liberal peacebuilding, rule of law institutions, and the range of non-state providers of justice and security. They also assess the virtues and limitations of rule of law reform efforts, and policy alternatives.  It brings together expert scholars and practioners from politics, law, anthropology and conflict studies, and features detailed case studies on Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Making an important contribution to debates about peacebuilding, and assisting specific efforts in reforming the rule of law after conflict, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, law, African politics, post-conflict reconstruction, peace and conflict studies, as well as practitioners in the UN, development agencies and NGOs.


'This is a valuable volume from a wide range of scholars offering not just cogent analysis on challenges to the rule of law in vulnerable and post-conflict societies but also insightful policy recommendations. Scholars and practitioners equally will find it stimulating and useful.' – David M. Malone, President, International Development Research Centre

'This timely and comprehensive book presents a thoughtful analysis of peace-building; the 'fourth pillar' of international security. Combining perspectives from scholars and practitioners, the book offers new insight into the challenges and lessons of post-conflict reconstruction in Africa. It will be of wide interest to anyone who cares about the rule of law, global governance, and the future of a conflicted continent.' – Alison Brysk, Professor, Political Science and International Studies, University of California, Irvine

Table of Contents

1. Promoting the Rule of Law: From Liberal to Institutional Peacebuilding Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman 2. Traditional Justice as Rule of Law in Africa: An Anthropological Perspective Juan Obarrio 3. The Rule of Law in Liberal Peacebuilding Oliver Richmond 4. Rule of Law, Peacekeeping and the United Nations Rob Pulver 5. (Re)creating the Rule of Law, Post Conflict, in Africa: From Constitutional Protections to Oversight Mechanisms Muna Ndulo 6. Rule of Law in the Democratic Republic of Congo Pall Davidsson with Fríða Thoroddsen 7. (Re)building the Rule of Law in Sierra Leone: Beyond the Formal Sector? Chandra Lekha Sriram 8. Narrowing Gaps in Justice: Rule of Law Programming in Liberia Johanna Herman and Olga Martin-Ortega 9. Creating Demand in Darfur: Circling the Square Sarah Maguire 10. The Anti-Politics of Transitional Justice: Lessons from Rwanda Stephen Brown 11. Just Peace? Lessons Learned and Policy Insights Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman

About the Editors

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law, at the University of East London.

Olga Martin-Ortega is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London.

Johanna Herman is Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London.

About the Series

Security and Governance

International Editorial Board

Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University, Richard Caplan, University of Oxford
Neta Crawford, Boston University, Stuart Croft, University of Warwick, Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Michael Doyle, Columbia University, Lynn Eden, Stanford University, Takashi Inoguchi, Chuo University and University of Tokyo, Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington, Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Bruce Russett, Yale University, Timothy Sisk, University of Denver, Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto, Stephen Stedman, Stanford University and Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia

This series publishes high quality original research that reflects broadening conceptions of security and the growing nexus between the study of governance issues and security issues. Scholarship published in the series will meet the highest academic standards, and will be both theoretically innovative and policy-relevant. Work appearing in the series will be at the cutting edge of debates taking place at the intersection of security studies and governance studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement