Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States

TitleRule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleMaximizing the Legacy of Hybrid Courts
Year of Publication2008
Number of Pages54 pp.
PublisherUnited Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
CityNew York and Geneva
ISBN Number978-92-1-154182-3
Accession Number1202

(Text taken from the foreword and the introduction:)
With the publication of Maximizing the Legacy of Hybrid Courts and Reparations Programmes, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations system's lead entity on transitional justice, launches the second part of its series on transitional justice tools for post-conflict States. Hybrid courts are defined as courts of mixed composition and jurisdiction, encompassing both national and international aspects, usually operating within the jurisdiction where the crimes occurred. This rule-of-law policy tool aims to serve two purposes: first, to explore the potential positive impact hybrid courts may have on the domestic justice system of post-conflict States so as to ensure a lasting legacy for the rule of law and respect for human rights; second, to examine how hybrid courts can receive the mandates and necessary political support required to be more effective in terms of legacy and capacity-building.
Drawing on the lessons learned from hybrid courts created since 1999, this publication suggests effective and meaningful policies, processes and techniques on the interrelationship between hybrid courts and domestic courts. The suggested practices will enhance the credibility, effectiveness and impact of hybrid courts on the long-term stability and development of the domestic justice system, including respect for human rights protections, the rule of law and legal institutions.
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