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Peace Building and Transitional Justice

The CHRC has developed several projects over the years which have explored the relationship between peacebuilding and transitional justice on the ground. These projects include:

Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice on the Ground: Victims and excombatants

From 2010 to 2012 the members of the CHRC worked in the project “Transitional justice as peacebuilding", funded by the US Institute for Peace Annual Grant. The project examined the potential role and limitations of transitional justice as an element of peacebuilding. If properly designed and implemented the inclusion of transitional justice elements in peacebuilding process may help ensure attention both to victims' rights and the reintegration of ex-combatants and victimizers while promoting reconciliation and stability. The collaboration examined several current processes including the ones in Cambodia, developed by Johanna Herman and the one in Bosnia, by Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega. The project produced the co-edited volume:

Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground. Victims and ex-combatants, Edited by Chandra Sriram, Jemima García-Godos, Johanna Herman, Olga Martin-Ortega (Routledge, 2012).

Peacebuilding and the Rule of Law in Africa

This project funded by the British Academy has resulted in the edited volume Peacebuilding and rule of law in Africa:Just Peace? (Routledge, July 2010). This book is edited by Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman. Authors include scholars and NGO experts from the UK, US, Canada, and Africa, and practitioners engaged in the field. A policy paper has been published under this project, "Just peace? Peacebuilding and rule of law in Africa: Lessons for policymakers". The launch was held in March 2009. 

Building a Just and Durable Peace by Piece

The CHRC recently concluded a European Commission Framework Programme VII Collaborative Research Project, which was coordinated by the University of Lund. As part of the project the members of the Centre have researched the role of justice in achieving and consolidating peace. They have produced several working papers and policy briefs which are available on our publications page. More information is available on the project's website.