Mass Atrocity, Mass Justice: Illiberal Peacebuilding and Transitional Injustice in Rwanda

Free Public Lecture

Mass Atrocity, Mass Justice: Illiberal Peacebuilding and Transitional Injustice in Rwanda

Level 2
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street

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From 2002 to 2012, Rwanda put more than one million genocide suspects on trial through local community courts. This legal process took the new global norm of ‘accountability’ to an extreme by challenging its liberal notions of fair procedure and individualised criminal responsibility. However, despite its differences to this dominant model the process still reaffirmed the central tenets of post-conflict justice: that truth would lead to justice and that justice would lead to reconciliation. Why then did it mostly fail to achieve this in practice?

In this seminar, Lars Waldorf will examine the larger lessons of Rwanda’s experiment for the theory and practice of peacebuilding and justice in post-conflict states.

Presenter

  •  Lars Waldorf
    Lars Waldorf, Reader