The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict

Great Expectations

by Brett Bowden, Hilary Charlesworth, Jeremy Farrall

International law can create great expectations in those seeking to rebuild societies that have been torn apart by conflict. For outsiders, international law can mandate or militate against intervention, bolstering or undermining the legitimacy of intervention. International legal principles promise equality, justice and human rights. Yet international law's promises are difficult to fulfil. This volume of essays investigates the phenomenon of post-conflict state-building and the engagement of international law in this enterprise. It draws together original essays by scholars and practitioners who consider the many roles international law can play in rehabilitating societies after conflict. The essays explore troubled zones across the world, from Afghanistan to Africa's Great Lakes region, and from Timor-Leste to the Balkans. They identify a range of possibilities for international law in tempering, regulating, legitimating or undermining efforts to rebuild post-conflict societies.

  • Cambridge University Press; April 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511530517
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  • Title: The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict
  • Author: Brett Bowden (ed.); Hilary Charlesworth (ed.); Jeremy Farrall (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

Review of the hardback: 'This timely collective work addresses the important question of what role international law plays in post-conflict reconstruction … By presenting a range of perspectives, and even conflicting views, this book appropriately portrays this theme in its complexity and fosters understanding and debate about it. Therein lay its strengths.' The Journal of the Institute of International and Comparative Law