1st Edition

Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground
Victims and ex-combatants

ISBN 9780415655866
Published November 15, 2013 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

This book seeks to refine our understanding of transitional justice and peacebuilding, and long-term security and reintegration challenges after violent conflicts.

As recent events following political change during the so-called 'Arab Spring' demonstrate, demands for accountability often follow or attend conflict and political transition. While, traditionally, much literature and many practitioners highlighted tensions between peacebuilding and justice, recent research and practice demonstrates a turn away from the supposed 'peace vs justice' dilemma.  This volume examines the complex, often contradictory but sometimes complementary relationship between peacebuilding and transitional justice through the lenses of the increased emphasis on victim-centred approaches to justice and the widespread practices of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of excombatants.  While recent volumes have sought to address either DDR or victim-centred approaches to justice, none has sought to make connections between the two, much less to place them in the larger context of the increasing linkages between transitional justice and peacebuilding .

This book will be of much interest to students of transitional justice, peacebuilding, human rights, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Jemima García-Godos and Chandra Lekha Sriram

Part I: Critical Themes
2. Bridging the Gap: The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and the Challenges of Integrating DDR and Transitional Justice, Dustin Sharp 

3. Transitional Justice and Ongoing Conflicts, Par Engstrom

4. Just Peace? Integrating DDR and Transitional Justice, Lars Waldorf

5. Centralizing Legal Pluralism? Traditional Justice in Transitional Contexts, Rosemary Nagy

Part II: Country Case Studies
6. DDR, Victims and Transitional Justice in Cambodia, Johanna Herman

7. Unfinished Business: Peacebuilding, Accountability, and Rule of Law in Lebanon
Chandra Lekha Sriram

8. Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina:  The Limits of Externally Driven Processes, Olga Martin-Ortega

9. Victim-centred Justice and DDR in Sierra Leone, Chandra Lekha Sriram

10. Tempering Great Expectations: Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in Liberia,
Rosalind Raddatz

11. The Supposed Accountability/Peacebuilding Dilemma in Uganda, Joanna R. Quinn

12. Colombia: Accountability and DDR in the Pursuit of Peace?, Jemima García-Godos

13. The National Accord, Impunity and the Fragile Peace in Kenya, Stephen Brown

14. Conclusions, Chandra Lekha Sriram and Jemima García-Godos


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Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.

Jemima Garcia-Godos is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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

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