….But somewhere in the process of retrofitting it for mass atrocity, gacaca appears to have lost its core restorative justice defining qualities. In my upcoming article â€œComplementarity and Alternative Justiceâ€
(to be published in the Oregon Law Review), I explore this dilemma in
greater depth. I still believe that there is hope for successfully
using traditional alternative justice mechanisms to deal with gross
human rights violations. For that, a better calibrated hybridization
will be necessary. Posterity may not ultimately view gacaca as the ideal blueprint; but it will likely appreciate it as an invaluable testing ground.
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