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Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies: The Case of Sierra Leone

Rodella, Aude-Sophie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) M.A. in Law and Diplomacy thesis, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Downloaded 8 September 2004.

This analysis will attempt to demonstrate that the recurrent association over the past year of those three notions of peace, justice and reconciliation, in the post-conflict locus and agenda, has resulted in its auto-validating use, and the progressive erosion of the necessary prudence its largely axiomatic nature requires.
The chosen angle to approach the subject will evaluate post-conflict theory and experiences around the challenge and goal of justice faced by countries emerging from protracted conflicts such as Sierra Leone. Indeed, while justice has long been the victors’ prerogative, tainting the very enterprise with selective bias, one has seen with the end of the Cold War the appearance of a new pragmatic paradigm. This new paradigm intends to connect post-conflict justice’s implementation with the concomitant challenges of fostering peace and reconciliation. (excerpt)


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