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International Criminal Justice Series

Beyond Genocide: Transitional Justice and Gacaca Courts in Rwanda

The Search for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation

Authors: Sullo, Pietro

  • Provides a comprehensive and unparalleled human rights-based legal analysis of the statutory regime and practice of Gacaca Courts
  • Provides an in-depth analysis as to how international law can provide guidance regarding transitional justice processes in post-genocide contexts
  • Complements the rich legal analysis with field work based on the observation of Gacaca hearings and interviews with key actors of the transitional justice process in Rwanda to assess the contribution of Gacaca Courts to truth recovery, justice and reconciliation
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Combining both legal and empirical research, this book explores the statutory aspects andpractice of gacaca courts (inkiko gacaca), the centrepiece of Rwanda’s post-genocide transitionaljustice system, assessing their contribution to truth, justice and reconciliation. Thevolume expands the knowledge regarding these courts, assessing not only their performancein terms of formal justice and compliance with human rights standards, but also their actualmodus operandi.
Scholars and practitioners have progressively challenged the idea that genocide should beaddressed exclusively through ‘westernised’ criminal law, arguing that the uniqueness ofeach genocidal setting requires specific context-sensitive solutions. Rwanda’s experience withgacaca courts has emerged as a valuable opportunity for testing this approach, offering newhome-grown solutions for dealing with the violence experienced in 1994 and beyond that werenever previously tried. Due to their unique features, gacaca courts have attracted the attentionof researchers from different disciplines and triggered dichotomous reactions and appraisals.
Anchoring the assessment of gacaca courts in a comprehensive legal analysis in conjunctionwith field research, this book addresses the tensions existing within the literature. Throughthe direct observation of gacaca trials, interviews and informal talks with genocide survivors,defendants, ordinary Rwandans, academics and practitioners, a purely legalistic perspectiveis overcome, offering instead an innovative bottom-up approach to meta-legal concepts suchas justice, fairness, truth and reconciliation. Outlining their strengths and shortcomings, thisbook highlights what aspects of gacaca courts can be useful in other post-genocide contexts,and provides crucial lessons learned in the realm of transitional justice.
The book is primarily aimed at researchers working in, among others, the areas of internationalcriminal law, genocide and transitional justice, while practitioners, students and others with aprofessional interest in the topics addressed may also find the issues raised relevant.
Pietro Sullo teaches public international law and international diplomatic law at the BrusselsSchool of International Studies of the University of Kent in Brussels. He is particularlyinterested in international law, human rights, transitional justice, international criminal lawand refugee law.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 1-25

  • The Crime of Genocide and Its Contextual Features in Rwanda

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 27-63

  • A Framework for Post-Genocide Rwanda: Legal Imperatives Concerning Transitional Justice

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 65-100

  • Post-Genocide Justice in Rwanda: Ordinary Courts

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 101-123

  • National Responses to the Rwandan Genocide: Gacaca Courts

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 125-157

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Genocide: Transitional Justice and Gacaca Courts in Rwanda
Book Subtitle
The Search for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
Authors
Series Title
International Criminal Justice Series
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2018
Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright Holder
T.M.C. Asser Press and the author
eBook ISBN
978-94-6265-240-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6265-240-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-6265-239-2
Series ISSN
2352-6718
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 illustrations in colour
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