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The Sovereignty ParadoxThe Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding$
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Dominik Zaum

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207435.001.0001

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Statebuilding in East Timor 1

Statebuilding in East Timor 1

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The Sovereignty Paradox

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This third case study chapter analyses the statebuilding activities of the United Nations Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET). It is divided into three parts. The first part outlines the background to the intervention, the scope and evolution of international authority, and the transition to self-governance and Timorese independence. The remaining two sections are case studies of statebuilding in East Timor: the establishment of a new judicial system, and the reform of the civil service. The case studies show how these reforms are informed by the new ‘standard of civilisation’, and how these norms compete with other, local traditional normative frameworks and understandings of authority, compromising the effectiveness of the reforms.

Keywords:   international administration, judicial reform, civil service reform, United Nations

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