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Courts in ConflictInterpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda$
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Nicola Palmer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199398195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398195.001.0001

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Inside the Rwandan National Courts

Inside the Rwandan National Courts

(p.89) 3 Inside the Rwandan National Courts
Courts in Conflict

Nicola Palmer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines the objectives and practice of the Rwandan national courts, as understood inside the institution and experienced by a group of prisoners subject to the courts’ authority. Qualitative research is drawn on to show how Rwandan judges and lawyers see themselves as having focused on improving legal education standards. The chapter then lays out how these interpretations by the Rwandan legal practitioners have impacted the national courts’ engagement with the ICTR and gacaca. For a group of suspects who have been tried by the national courts, the competition between the concurrent courts is an everyday reality. However, inside the national courts, there is still an assumption that both the ICTR and gacaca will support the objectives of the national courts, evidenced in their approach to the Rule 11 bis decisions and an increased pressure on the localized gacaca courts to move toward formal procedures in their work.

Keywords:   Rwandan national courts, objectives, legal education, prisoners, Rule 11 bis

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