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Justice after conflict

ByPaul Jackson, Danielle Beswick

This chapter focuses on two important aspects of post-conflict justice. It examines the idea of transitional justice and what that often looks like, and looks at local ideas of justice and the idea of legal pluralism. The chapter focuses on the Rwandan example of gacaca, where a traditional justice system was altered to cope with a particular variety of transitional justice, thereby mixing the two approaches. Rule of law reform refers to a wide range of projects, reforms and initiatives that have altered over time and that may also change across organisations. The International Criminal Court is effectively an expression of the liberal view of universal human rights that is enshrined within the United Nations. These rights seek to protect the individual from justice that is the sole preserve of the state.