From War to the Rule of Law

Peace Building after Violent Conflicts

Joris Voorhoeve

Joris Voorhoeve

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

208 pages | 27 color plates | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2007
Paper $38.50 ISBN: 9789053568675 Published November 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
As recent events in Iraq demonstrate, countries that have suffered through civil war or rule by military regime can face a long, difficult transition to peaceful democracy.

Drawing on the experiences of peacekeepers in Bosnia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Afghanistan, From War to Rule of Law demonstrates that newly emerging democracies may need much more than emergency economic support. Restoring the rule of law, Joris Voorhoeve shows, can involve the training of a new police force, for example, or the creation of an international war crimes tribunal. Any disregard for human rights or delay in civilian reconciliation can lead to serious resurgences in violence.

Voorhoeve concludes by offering specific recommendations for members of the United Nations and the European Union, as well as individual donors. Given the nature of today’s armed conflicts, From War to Rule of Law provides new hope for all those concerned about the lasting success of international peacekeeping missions.

Contents
1 Why this study?
 
2 An overview of peacebuilding
What is peacebuilding?
A history of failure?
Elements of peacebuilding
International organizations
 
3 Towards typology and theory
A deductive typology
Good governance and human rights
Warning signals
An attempt at theory
Threats to the peace
Practical questions
Further study
 
4 (Re) Establishing order
Transtitional security
Foreign peacekeepers and public order
Emergency relief
Foreign aid workers and the military
Transitional politics
International administration
International coordination
Transitional 'justice' and reconciliation
Crimes against women and gender issues
Refugee issues
Preparations for electoral democracy
 
5 (Re) Building the rule of law
The role of rule of law
Rule-of-law assitance and development cooperation
Aspects of legal reform
(Re) Building police and prison systems
Wider security sector reform
Court reform
Major criminals and war crimes
Terrorists
Private security firms
Corruption
International organisations
The chance of success of legal reform
Human rights and state building
 
6 Resource and costs
Internal resources
International rights and duties of states
Development assistance
Defence organisations
Reducing corruption
International division of tasks
Allocation and country choice
Preliminary cost estimates
 
7 The European Union and post-conflict peacebuilding
Introduction
Policy and institutions
Financing EU peacebuilding activities
Conclusion
 
8 Conclusions and recommendations
General conclusions
Recommendations
Some suggestions for further study
In conclusion
 
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