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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.179) 6 Conclusion
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Courts in Conflict
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Nicola Palmer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398195.003.0007

The conclusion provides a summary of the main findings of this study. It details how each chapter contributes to a ‘thick description’ of the legal cultures of the ICTR, the Rwandan national courts and gacaca. It highlights the argument that the courts’ cultural incongruence helps to explain the conflicts among the international, national and localized layers of post-genocide justice. As a result, this research contributes to a theory on the role of courts during transitions and has specific policy relevance for the practice of concurrent transitional justice and the ICC’s principle of complementarity. The book concludes with an argument that cooperation among international, national and localized criminal justice initiatives can be strengthened through more continued and equal contact among the judges, lawyers and witnesses involved in these differing legal institutions.

Keywords:   complementarity, ICC, policy relevance, concurrent transitional justice, culture

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