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    Between Norms, Politics Contests and Social Upheavals: Justice in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Between Norms, Politics Contests and Social Upheavals: Justice in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Anna Macdonald explore the JSRP’s research on local justice mechanisms in conflict-affected states. They argue that the accessibility and legitimacy of justice institutions cannot be assumed, and that those wishing to engage them must understand them as embedded in wider social norms, political contests and upheavals.

As with the JSRP’s other thematic areas, the […]

Making Justice Work: The Bemba Case and the ICC’s Future

By Tatiana Carayannis

On March 21, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Congolese rebel leader turned politician Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. After holding Bemba in detention for nearly eight years, the court determined that Bemba failed to stop his Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) troops from committing atrocities against civilians in the […]

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    Review: Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa

Review: Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa

JSRP team member Anna MacDonald reviews Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa edited by Gerhard Anders and Olaf Zenker Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

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Note: articles present the views of their authors, and not necessarily the position of the Justice and Security Research Programme, nor of the […]

Justice in the World’s most Difficult Places

Anna Macdonald introduces the JSRP’s newly published Special Issue on the local realities of law and justice. Download the full issue.

How people living in the world’s most difficult places – the poorest, most politically fragile and conflict-affected environments – seek redress, justice and social order is important both for them and for the world as a whole.  Yet we […]

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    Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

By Moses Adonga, Rachel Ibreck and Godfrey Victor Bulla There has been a global awakening to the opportunities and costs of land grabs in Africa. Academics and activists are duly investigating the scope and impacts of large-scale land seizures; the plight of victims has gained recognition; and there are moves to promote ‘responsible’ corporate investments. In contribution to the ongoing […]

Seeking Justice in Nimule, South Sudan

By Rachel Ibreck ‘There is no law in South Sudan’, a resident of the town of Nimule, Eastern Equatoria, explained: ‘You see the police cell there is for those who are very poor. You will never see a rich person in that prison for the rest of your life. Trust me, this is true.’ This elder echoed views expressed by […]

Practice Without Evidence: interrogating conflict resolution approaches and assumptions

By Tatiana Carayannis, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Nathaniel Olin, Anouk Rigterink and Mareike Schomerus What is the evidence that existing approaches to the resolution of violent conflict have achieved their intended effects to improve the lives of conflict-affected populations? Violent conflict is one of the greatest challenges to development. Two decades of concentrated interventions to mediate, end, or transform violent conflict have […]

Governance and post-conflict reconstruction in Northern Uganda

On 07 and 08 November, a conference on governance and post-conflict reconstruction took place in Gulu, hosted by the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS, University of Gulu) and co-organised by the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) the JSRP partner Conflict Research Group (University of Ghent). Tim Allen and Holly Porter of the Justice […]

Measuring development’s ‘ions’

 

When it comes to measuring ions, natural scientists have it easier than those working in international development. In natural science, defining ions and determining whether one is negative or positive is a basic process. The ‘ions’ of development are much more difficult to define or measure, yet are as fundamental to the process as the ions of nature.
Ion 1: […]

Justice in Transition: rule of law, peacebuilding, victims and ex-combatants

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram’s post first appeared on the Global Policy site, where a link to her recent video interview can be found.   Professor Sriram (SOAS) is co-editor of Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground: victims and ex-combatants (Routledge 2013) and will be a discussant on 7th March at an LSE event on  ‘The Catalysing Effects of International Justice in Uganda and Sudan: unravelling the […]