Peace versus Justice?

April 2010
387 pages
24x17 cm
ISBN: 9781847010216
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC POL053000, LAW051000, SOC056000

Peace versus Justice?

The Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Africa

Edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram, Suren Pillay

Offers fresh insights on the so-called 'justice versus peace' dilemma, examining the challenges and prospects for promoting both peace and accountability, specifically in African countries affected by conflict or political violence.
The chapters in this volume consider a wide range of approaches to accountability and peacebuilding. These include not only domestic courts and tribunals, hybrid tribunals, or the International Criminal Court, but also truth commissions and informal or non-state justice and conflict resolution processes. Taken together, they demonstrate the wealth of experiences and experimentation in transitional justice processes on the continent.

CHANDRA LEKHA SRIRAM is Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law, University of East London, United Kingdom. She is also the Chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section and consults on issues of governance and conflict prevention for the United Nations Development Programme.
SUREN PILLAY is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance programme of the Human Sciences Research Council.

Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana & Namibia): University of KwaZulu-Natal Press

Keywords: African Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transitional Justice & Peacebuilding - Chandra Lekha Sriram
Part I: Peace & Justice in Africa
Peace & the Politics of Justice in Africa - Yasmin Sooka
Inclusive Justice: The Limitations of Trial Justice & Truth Commissions - Charles Villa-Vicencio
Prosecute or Pardon? Between Truth Commissions & War Crimes Trials - Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
Gender & Truth & Reconciliation Commissions: Comparative Reflections - Sheila Meintjes
Transitional Justice, Democratisation & the Rule of Law - Mireille Affa'a Mindzie
Part II: Truth & Reconciliation Processes
Peace versus Justice: Truth & Reconciliation Commissions & War Crimes Tribunals in Africa - Alex Boraine
Reflecting on the Sierra Leone Truth & Reconciliation: A Peacebuilding Perspective - Thelma Ekiyor
Peace versus Justice? A View from Nigeria - Mathew Kukah
A Path to Peace: Ghana & the National Reconciliation Commission - Kenneth Ageymang Attafuah
Peace & Justice: Mozambique & Sierra Leone Compared - John Hirsch
Part III: War Crimes Tribunals
Sierra Leone's 'not so' Special Court - Abdul Tejan-Cole
Charles Taylor & the Special Court for Sierra Leone: Politics, Interests & Agendas - Abdul Rahman Lamin
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Reconciling the Acquitted - Wambui Mwangi
Part IV: Indigenous Justice
The Politics of Peace, Justice & Healing in Post-war Mozambique 'Practices of Rapture' by Magamba Spirits & Healers in Gorongosa - Victor Igreja
Indigenous Justice or Political Instrument? The Modern Gacaca Courts of Rwanda - Helen Scanlon and Nompumelelo Motlafi
Part V The International Criminal Court: Problems & Prospects
The International Criminal Court Africa Experiment: The Central African Republic, Darfur, Northern Uganda & the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Chandra Lekha Sriram
The International Criminal Court in Darfur - Dumisa Ntsebeza
Conclusion - Suren Pillay



Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award, 2011
Excellent and well-timed. It covers key and sensitive issues about African transitional justice. It is recommended reading for policy makers, scholars, human rights activists, practitioners and those with a general interest in transitional justice. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW

The volume offers a unique insider analysis by practitioners who have participated in developing or implementing the justice mechanisms discussed. [It] offers a comprehensive look at transitional justice mechanisms in the African context and provides adequate background as well as critical analyses that could be informative to both the general public and experts alike. AFRICAN STUDIES QUARTERLY