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Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190270513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270513.001.0001

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February 14, 2014: The Three-Year Anniversary.

February 14, 2014: The Three-Year Anniversary.

Bahrain and the Precarious Diplomacy of Responsibility-Ascriptions: Values and Philosophical Aspects of Interpretation

(p.63) February 14, 2014: The Three-Year Anniversary.
The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2014

Anja Matwijkiw

Bronik Matwijkiw

Oxford University Press

On the basis of a stakeholder interpretation of the 2011 mass uprising in Bahrain and the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry’s report on the internal crisis situation, this chapter shows how successful conflict-resolution necessitates a critical examination of values and their underlying frameworks. In particular, the premises for responsibility-ascriptions are subjected to scrutiny. The examination includes an account of stakeholders’ perspectives on justice and an analysis of the rule of law, which shows that a realpolitik free out come depends on respect for reciprocal stakes. If this accountability-securing measure is not fulfilled, the loss of legitimacy will be too great to justify a compromise. The current rulers may overplay their hand to the extent where they have failed their way towards democracy. Therefore, rather than accomplishing progress in accordance with the applicable law, a multi-stakeholder approach may emerge in the midst of the precarious diplomacy of responsibility-ascriptions.

Keywords:   Bahrain, conflict, democracy, human rights, realpolitik, responsibility-ascriptions, rule of law

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