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The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict: Great Expectations
     

The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict: Great Expectations

by Brett Bowden, Hilary Charlesworth, Jeremy Farrall
 

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ISBN-10: 0521509947

ISBN-13: 9780521509947

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

International law can create great expectations in those seeking to rebuild societies that have been torn apart by conflict. For outsiders, international law can mandate or militate against intervention, bolstering or undermining its legitimacy. International legal principles promise equality, justice and human rights. Yet international law's promises are difficult

Overview

International law can create great expectations in those seeking to rebuild societies that have been torn apart by conflict. For outsiders, international law can mandate or militate against intervention, bolstering or undermining its legitimacy. International legal principles promise equality, justice and human rights. Yet international law's promises are difficult to fulfil.

This volume of essays investigates the phenomenon of post-conflict state-building and the engagement of international law in this enterprise. It draws together original essays by scholars and practitioners who consider the many roles international law can play in rehabilitating societies after conflict. The essays explore troubled zones across the world, from Afghanistan to Africa's Great Lakes region, and from Timor-Leste to the Balkans. They identify a range of possibilities for international law in tempering, regulating, legitimating or undermining efforts to rebuild post-conflict societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521509947
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors page vii

Preface xiii

Abbreviations xv

Introduction Brett Bowden Hilary Charlesworth Jeremy Farrall 1

1 The 'state-building enterprise': Legal doctrine, progress narratives and managerial governance Outi Korhonen 15

2 Democratisation, state-building and politics as technology Nehal Bhuta 38

3 International law, human rights and the transformative occupation of Iraq Peter G. Danchin 64

4 Defining democracy in international institutions Brett Bowden and Hilary Charlesworth 90

5 Democracy and legitimation: Challenges in the reconstitution of political processes in Afghanistan William Maley 111

6 Impossible expectations? The UN Security Council's promotion of the rule of law after conflict Jeremy Farrall 134

7 Legal pluralism and the challenge of building the rule of law in post-conflict states: A case study of Timor-Leste Laura Grenfell 157

8 From paper to practice: The role of treaty ratification post-conflict Helen Durham 177

9 Selective universality? Human-rights accountability of the UN in post-conflict operations Annemarie Devereux 198

10 'Security starts with the law': The role of international law in the protection of women's security post-conflict Amy Maguire 218

11 Grappling in the Great Lakes: The challenges of international justice in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda Phil Clark 244

Conclusion: Hope and humility for weavers with international law John Braithwaite 270

Select Bibliography 289

Index 315

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