NWO Research Project on Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership

The project team can recommend the following readings on Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership:

General on Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership

Cherif M. Bassiouni (ed). Post-Conflict Justice. Ardsley, NY, Transnational Publishers (2002)

Richard Caplan, International Governance of War-Torn-Terrritories: Rule and Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, (2005)

Simon Chesterman, You, The People, Oxford University Press (2004)

Simon Chesterman, Ownership in Theory and in Practice: Transfer of Authority in UN Statebuilding Operations, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 1 (2007), 3-26

Annika Hansen & Sharon Wiharta, The Transition to a Just Order – Establishing Local Ownership After Conflict, Folke Bernadotte Academy (2007)

International Centre for Transitional Justice, Pursuing Justice in Ongoing Conflict, 2007 (ICTJ 2007), at

Barbara Oomen, Justice Mechanisms and the Question of Legitimacy: The Example of Rwanda’s Multi-layered Justice Mechanisms (2007), at

Rama Mani, Beyond Retribution, Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War, Polity Press. 2002

Carsten Stahn, The Law and Practice of International Territorial Administration, Cambridge University Press, 2008

Jane E. Stromseth, David Wippman & Rosa Brook, Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law after Military Interventions, Cambridge University Press (2006)

Impact and legacy of international criminal courts

Payam Akhavan, Beyond Impunity: Can International Criminal Justice Prevent Future Atrocities?, American Journal of International Law, Vol. 95 (2001), 7

Julian Ku & Jide Nzelibe, Do International Criminal Tribunals Deter or Exacerbate Humanitarian Atrocities?, Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 84 (2007) 

Hunjoon Kim & Kathryn Sikkink, Do Human Rights Trials Make a Difference?, 2007, SSRN Working Paper,

James Meernik, Justice and Peace? How the International Criminal Tribunal Affects Societal Peace in Bosnia, Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 42 (2005), 271

ODIHR, Supporting the Transition Process: Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Knowledge Transfer, Final Report, september 2009

OHCHR, Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States, Maximising the Legacy of Hybrid Courts (2008), U.N. Doc. HR/PUB/08/2 (2008)

OHCHR, Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States, Prosecution Initiatives (2006) U.N. Doc. HR/PUB/06/4 (2006)

Hugo van der Merwe, Victoria Baxter & Audrey R. Chapman (eds), Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice, United States Institute for Peace Press, February 2009

Kathryn Sikkink & Varrie Booth Walling, The Impact of Human Rights in Latin America, Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 44 (2007), 427 – 445


Societal perspectives on international criminal justice 

Eric Stover & Harvey Weinstein, My Neighbour, My Enemy, Cambridge University Press (2005)

Patrick Vinck, Phoung N. Pham, Erioc Stover & Harvey Weinstein, “Nothing About Us, Without Us: Responding to the Needs of Survivors of Mass Violence Durring and After Armed Conflicts, 2007.

Patrick Vinck & Phuong Pham, Ownership and Participation in transitional Justice Mechanisms: A Sustainable Human Development Perspective from Eastern DRC, Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 2 (2008), 398-411

Marlies Glasius, Global Justice Meets Local Civil Society: The International Criminal Court’s Investigation in the Central African Republic, Alternatives 33 (2008), 413-433

UNDP, Public Perceptions on Transitional Justice: Report on Transitional Justice Opinion Polling Survey conducted in April – May 2007 in Kosovo (2007)

Nexus between justice and capacity-building

William Burke-White, Proactive Complementarity: The International Criminal Court and National Courts in the Rome System of Justice, Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 49 (2008), 53

Roger Duthie, Toward a Development-sensitive approach to Transitional Justice, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 2 (2008), 292 - 309

Laurel E. Fletcher & Harvey M. Weinstein, Violence and Social Repair: Rethinking the Contribution of Justice to Reconciliation, Human Rights Quarterly Vol. 24 (2002), 573

Jann K. Klefffner, Complementarity as a catalyst for compliance, in J.K. Kleffner & G. Kor (eds), Complentarity as a catalyst for compliance, T.M.C. Asser (2006), 81

Rama Mani, Dilemmas of Expanding Transitional Justice, or Forging the Nexus between Transitional Justice and Development, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 2 (2008), 353-265

OHCHR, Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict, States: Mapping the Justice Sector, U.N. Doc. HR/PUB/06/2 (2006)


David Backer, Cross-National Comparative Analysis, in van der Merwe, Baxter & Chapman, Assessing the impact of transitional justice (2009)

Phuong Pham & Patrick Vinck, Empirical Research and the Development and Assessment of Transitional Justice Mechanisms, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 1 (2007), 231

Hunjoon Kim, Why and when do countries seek to address past human rights violations after transition? An event history analysis of 100 countries covering 1980~2004, International Studies Association, Chicago (2007)

Gunnar Theissen, Public Opinion Research on Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Issues and Challenges, in van der Merwe, Baxter & Chapman, Assessing the impact of transitional justice (2009)

Oskar N. T. Thoms, James Ron & Roland Paris, Does Transitional Justice Work? Perspectives from Empirical Social Science (2008), SSRN Working Paper,

Colombia - Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership

F. Gómez Isa, Paramilitary Demobilisation in Colombia: Between Peace and Justice, Working Paper, (2008)


Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership

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