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The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda
Justice without Lawyers

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  • Author: Phil Clark, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521193481

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  • This is a timely empirical study and review of the Gacaca Courts which were established in 2001 in Rwanda as an attempt to prosecute suspects involved in the 1994 genocide. Based on the author's original field work which began in 2003 in Rwanda and which has been updated to the end of 2009, it includes responses from within the Rwandan population. Dr. Clark argues that, despite widespread international scepticism, the Gacaca process has achieved remarkable results in terms of justice and reconciliation, although this has often come at a price, especially the re-traumatisation of many Rwandans who have participated firsthand in hearings. This book will appeal to a wide global readership crossing human rights, transitional justice and African studies for its combination of original empirical data with a socio-legal analysis.

    • Provides in-depth empirical research from Rwanda, giving readers on-the-ground material rather than abstract analyses
    • Examines the complete Gacaca process, including its history and evidence from hearings throughout the lifespan of the process
    • Combines empirical and normative considerations of transitional justice in general
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    'Clark's book is the culmination of nine years of research on and in Rwanda, and it exhibits the combination of breadth and level of detail that is made possible through such an extended engagement with a topic … Clark provides his readers with a wide horizon of possible interpretations of this unique process, and this book will certainly reorient the debates in future gacaca scholarship.' Christian M. De Vos, International Journal of Transitional Justice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521193481
    • length: 402 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Map of Rwanda
    1. Framing Gacaca: transitional justice themes
    2. Moulding tradition: the history, law and hybridity of Gacaca
    3. Interpreting Gacaca: the rationale for analysing a dynamic socio-legal institution
    4. The Gacaca journey: the rough road to justice and reconciliation
    5. Gacaca's modus operandi: engagement through popular participation
    6. Gacaca's pragmatic objectives
    7. Accuser, liberator or reconciler? Truth through Gacaca
    8. Law, order and restoration: peace and justice through Gacaca
    9. Mending hearts and minds: healing and forgiveness through Gacaca
    10. (Re)fusing social bonds: Gacaca and reconciliation

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    Phil Clark, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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