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A restorative approach for dealing with the aftermath of the Kosovo conflict – opportunities and limits

Arsovska, Jana
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) In Ivo Aertsen, Jana Arsovska, Holger-C. Rohne, Marta Valinas, and Kris Vanspauwen ed., Restoring Justice after Large-scale Violent Conflicts. Devon, UK: Willan Publishing. Pp. 183-212.

“In the present analysis, we will focus on mechanisms or approaches – either existing or desireable – meant to deal with the large-scale violence that swept through Kosovo during the 1998-99 conflict and its aftermath. In doing so, we will centre our attention on three main types of mechanisms or processes identified on the basis of the contributions that precede this chapter: the formal mechanisms, which in this case consist almost exclusively of the current national and international legal responses to past gross human rights violations; the informal and traditional processes deeply rooted in Albanian culture that find their expression in the various cultural codes, such as that of Leke Dukagjini; and a wider range of informal, contemporary mechanisms or initiatives aimed at addressing the legacy of the past atrocities and at rebuilding social relations, among which civil society initiatives assume the forefront.” (abstract)


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