Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War
May 2002, Polity
Confronting the vexed challenge of re-marrying peace with
justice out of the morass of war’s injustices is the complex
but imperative task facing post-conflict societies and the
international community today. Using current examples from
conflicts around the world, ranging from Africa and Asia to Latin
America and Eastern Europe, it argues for a holistic and integrated
approach to justice after conflict. It proposes that we must
address all three dimensions of injustice embedded in conflict
– symptom, consequence and cause, and that subsequently we
must rebuild all three dimensions of justice – legal,
rectificatory and distributive, in the aftermath. This timely book
explores the difficulties and dilemmas confronted on the ground in
restoring these, and concludes with pragmatic recommendations for
dealing with such challenges of rebuilding peace with justice after
This well-argued book will prove a valuable resource for students and professionals in the fields of peacebuilding, justice theory, international relations and politics.
Section I Justice in Theory.
1. The Three Dimensions of Justice in Post-conflict Peacebuilding.
2. Concepts of Justice in Contemporary Philosophy.
Section II Justice in Practice.
3. Legal Justice: Re-establishing Order or restoring the Rule of Law?.
4.Rectificatory Justice: Punishing Perpetrators or Vindicating Victims?.
5. Distributive Justice: alleviating the Effects of Conflict or Targeting Causes?.
Section III Synthesis and Recommendations.
6. Recapturing Justice from the Shadows of War.
- Provides a coherent approach to the problems of conflict resolution
- Analyses a topic that is of central concern to the international community today
Uses current examples from conflicts around the world from Africa and Asia to Latin America and Eastern Europe
- Concludes with pragmatic recommendations for dealing with the challenge of rebuilding peace with justice after contemporary conflicts