Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War

Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War

by Rama Mani
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Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated


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Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War

Today’s wars leave a crippling legacy of deprivation andsuffering, of physical and structural injustice, long after theysubmit to peaceful resolution. Survivors of war must find ways tolive with the stultifying injustices littering their past andhaunting their present – acts of discrimination and violencecommitted before, during and even after conflict.

Confronting the vexed challenge of re-marrying peace withjustice out of the morass of war’s injustices is the complexbut imperative task facing post-conflict societies and theinternational community today. Using current examples fromconflicts around the world, ranging from Africa and Asia to LatinAmerica and Eastern Europe, it argues for a holistic and integratedapproach to justice after conflict. It proposes that we mustaddress all three dimensions of injustice embedded in conflict– symptom, consequence and cause, and that subsequently wemust rebuild all three dimensions of justice – legal,rectificatory and distributive, in the aftermath. This timely bookexplores the difficulties and dilemmas confronted on the ground inrestoring these, and concludes with pragmatic recommendations fordealing with such challenges of rebuilding peace with justice aftercontemporary conflicts.

This well-argued book will prove a valuable resource forstudents and professionals in the fields of peacebuilding, justicetheory, international relations and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745628356
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rama Mani is the Senior Strategy Adviser for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, and was previously the Africa Strategy Manager for Oxfam GB, based in East Africa.

Table of Contents



Section I Justice in Theory.

1. The Three Dimensions of Justice in Post-conflictPeacebuilding.

2. Concepts of Justice in Contemporary Philosophy.

Section II Justice in Practice.

3. Legal Justice: Re-establishing Order or restoring the Rule ofLaw?.

4.Rectificatory Justice: Punishing Perpetrators or VindicatingVictims?.

5. Distributive Justice: alleviating the Effects of Conflict orTargeting Causes?.

Section III Synthesis and Recommendations.

6. Recapturing Justice from the Shadows of War.




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