Peace Agreements and Human Rights

Peace Agreements and Human Rights

by Christine Bell
     
 

"Peace Agreements and Human Rights examines the place of human rights in peace agreements against the backdrop of international legal provision. The book examines the role of peace agreements in peace processes drawing on a comprehensive appendix of over 100 peace agreements signed after 1990, in over 40 countries. Four sets of peace agreements are then examined in… See more details below

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"Peace Agreements and Human Rights examines the place of human rights in peace agreements against the backdrop of international legal provision. The book examines the role of peace agreements in peace processes drawing on a comprehensive appendix of over 100 peace agreements signed after 1990, in over 40 countries. Four sets of peace agreements are then examined in detail, those of: Bosnia Herzegovina, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. The human rights component of these agreements are compared with each other - focusing not on direct institutional comparison, but rather on the set of trade-offs which comprise the 'human rights dimension' of the agreements. This human rights dimension is also compared with relevant international law. The book focuses the comparison on three main areas: self-determination and 'the deal', institution-building for the future, and dealing with the past." "The author argues the design and implementation prospects of individual rights protections are closely circumscribed by the self-determination 'deal' at the heart of the agreement. She suggests that the entangling of issues of group access to power with individual rights provision, indicates the extent to which peace-making is a constitution-making project. She argues in conclusion that peace agreements are in effect types of constitution with valuable lessons about the role of law in social change both in situations of violent conflict but also in less dramatic contexts." "The book should be of interest not just to human rights lawyers and those who are involved in situations of conflict, but those who are interested in the connections between legal, political science, and international relations discourses with relation to 'ethnic conflict' and conflict resolution."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199270965
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/29/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Peace Processes, Peace Agreements, and Human Rights: What are They?15
3From Conflict to Peace? South Africa and Northern Ireland37
4From Conflict to Peace? Israel/Palestine and Bosnia Herzegovina69
5Getting to Yes? Negotiating Self-Determination119
6But What was the Question? Evaluating the Deal161
7Building for the Future: Human Rights Institutions193
8Undoing the Past: Refugees, Land, and Possession233
9Dealing with the Past: Prisoners, Accountability, and 'Truth'259
10'Back to the Future': Human Rights and Peace Agreements293
AppA Decade of Peace Agreements323
References375
Index401

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