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Just Peace After Conflict: Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace

Carsten Stahn and Jens Iverson


The interplay between peace and justice plays an important role in almost any contemporary conflict. Peace and conflict studies have generally devoted more attention to conflict than to peace. Peace is often described in adjectives, such as negative/positive peace, liberal peace or democratic peace. But what elements make a peace just? Just war theory, peacebuilding, or transitional justice provide different perspectives on the dialectic relation between peace and justice and the methods of establishing peace after conflict. Experiences such as the Colombian peace process show that peace is in ... More

Keywords: just war theory, jus post bellum, peace, justice, security, protection of persons, public goods, rule of law, economic reform, accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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

Jens Iverson, editor
Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University

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Part I Jus Post Bellum and Conceptions of Peace

2 Roots and Branches

Brian Orend*

Part II Macro-Principles

Part III Security and Stability

11 Power Shift

Patrick C.J. Wall*

Part IV Protection of Persons and Public Goods

14 Right to Land, Housing, and Property

Elisenda Calvet Martínez* and Aitor Díaz Anabitarte**

Part V Rule of Law Reform and Economic Reform

16 Vetting

Alexander Mayer-Rieckh*

Part VI Accountability