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Rwanda's Gacaca Courts: Between Retribution and Reparation

Paul Christoph Bornkamm


Rwanda's Gacaca courts provide an innovative response to the genocide of 1994. Incorporating elements of both African dispute resolution and of Western-style criminal courts, Gacaca courts are in line with recent trends to revive traditional grassroots mechanisms as a way of addressing a violent past. Having been devised as a holistic approach to prosecution and punishment as well as to healing and repairing, they also reflect the increasing importance of victim participation in international criminal justice. This book critically examines the Gacaca courts' achievements as a mechanism of crim ... More

Keywords: Rwanda, Gacaca courts, genocide, 1994, African dispute resolution, criminal courts, victim participation, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Christoph Bornkamm, author
Senior Research Fellow, Law Faculty of Humboldt University of Berlin