Source: (2008) Chicago: The International Human Rights Law Institute.

The Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice are designed to address these problems. Part I provides an overview of the fundamentals of the field, presenting post-conflict justice as a set of ideas and practices based upon a number of foundational ideas. The section also describes a series of general concepts to assist in designing and implementing post-conflict justice strategies. Part II presents seven guiding principles on post-conflict justice involving: prosecutions; truth-telling and investigations of past violations; victims' rights, remedies, and reparations; vetting, sanctions, and administrative measures; memorialization, education, and the preservation of historical memory; traditional, indigenous, and religious approaches to justice and healing; and, institutional reform and effective governance. Each principle is followed by a review of concrete recommendations regarding the design and implementation of post-conflict justice strategies, policies and programs. The text uses the term "shall" to indicate an established obligation under international law and the term "should" to reference a suggested action based on international norms. (excerpt)