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Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations

Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, and Jens Iverson


The successful transition from armed conflict to peace is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary warfare. The laws and principles governing transitions from conflict to peace (jus post bellum) have only recently gained attention in legal scholarship. This volume investigates questions concerning the core of jus post bellum: the law (“jus”), the temporal aspect (“post”), and different types of armed conflict (“bellum”). It is the first volume to clarify the different legal meanings and components of the concept, including its implications in contemporary politics and practice. It explo ... More

Keywords: jus post bellum, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, peace agreements, amnesty law, environmental law, human rights law, peacebuilding, transitional justice, responsibility to protect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685899
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carsten Stahn, editor
Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice, Leiden University

Jennifer S. Easterday, editor
Researcher, Leiden University

Jens Iverson, editor
Researcher, Leiden University

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Part 1 Foundation and Conceptions of Jus Post Bellum

I Foundation, Concept, and Function

2 At War’s End

Mark Evans

4 Jus Post Bellum

James Gallen

II Jus Post Bellum and Related Concepts

III Jus Post Bellum and Its Discontents

8 Waging Peace

Roxana Vatanparast

9 The Compatibility of Justice for Women with Jus Post Bellum Analysis

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, and Dina Francesca Haynes

Part 2 Reconceptualizing “Bellum” and “Pax”

14 Post-War States

Astri Suhrke

Part 3 Dilemmas Of The “Post”

I Dilemmas of Classification

II Institutional Dilemmas and Strategies

Part 4 The “Jus” in Jus Post Bellum

26 Should Rebels Be Amnestied?

Frédéric Mégret

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