Justice and Diplomacy: Resolving Contradictions in Diplomatic Practice and International Humanitarian Law

Justice and Diplomacy: Resolving Contradictions in Diplomatic Practice and International Humanitarian Law


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Diplomacy is used primarily to advance the interests of a state beyond its borders, within a set of global norms intended to assure a degree of international harmony. As a result of internal and international armed conflicts, the need to negotiate peace through an emerging system of international humanitarian and criminal law has required nations to use diplomacy to negotiate 'peace versus justice' trade-offs. Justice and Diplomacy is the product of a research project sponsored by the Academie Diplomatique Internationale and the International Bar Association, and focuses on specific moments of collision or contradiction in diplomatic and judicial processes during the humanitarian crises in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, and Libya. The five case studies present critical issues at the intersection of justice and diplomacy, including the role of timing, signalling, legal terminology, accountability, and compliance. Each case study focuses on a specific moment and dynamic, highlighting the key issues and lessons learned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108441711
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Mark Ellis is Executive Director of the International Bar Association, and the former legal advisor to the Independent International Commission on Kosovo.

Yves Doutriaux is a member of the French Conseil d'Etat, and a former Ambassador and spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry.

Timothy Ryback is Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and former Deputy Director-General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Accountability: diplomatic and judicial process; 2. Legal expertise: implications of legal terminology in diplomatic processes; 3. Compliance: enforcing international arrest warrants through diplomacy; 4. Timing and signaling: implications of judicial and diplomatic process; 5. Alignment: identifying potential alignments between diplomatic and judicial processes.

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