Can Might Make Rights?

Building the Rule of Law after Military Interventions

by Jane Stromseth, David Wippman,

This book looks at why it's so difficult to create 'the rule of law' in post-conflict societies such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and offers critical insights into how policy-makers and field-workers can improve future rule of law efforts. A must-read for policy-makers, field-workers, journalists and students trying to make sense of the international community's problems in Iraq and elsewhere, this book shows how a narrow focus on building institutions such as courts and legislatures misses the more complex cultural issues that affect societal commitment to the values associated with the rule of law. The authors place the rule of law in context, showing the interconnectedness between the rule of law and other post-conflict priorities, such as reestablishing security. The authors outline a pragmatic, synergistic approach to the rule of law which promises to reinvigorate debates about transitions to democracy and post-conflict reconstruction.
  • Cambridge University Press; September 2006
  • ISBN: 9780511243240
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Can Might Make Rights?
  • Author: Jane Stromseth; David Wippman; Rosa Brooks
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

"Finally a single volume that coherently and intelligently examines the current wave of rule of law efforts in nation building endeavors. Its mix of theory, contemporary examples and practical guidance makes it immensely valuable to policy makers, practitioners and students a like. With refreshing candor and cognizance of the ultimate limitations of external efforts to establish the rule of law, Can Might Make Rights is nonetheless invigorating and inspiring of our ability to do this work much more effectively."
--Deborah Isser, Senior Rule of Law Advisor, United States Institute of Peace