On the Law of Peace by Christine Bell
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On the Law of Peace
By Christine Bell

On the Law of Peace

Peace Agreements and the Lex Pacificatoria

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On the Law of Peace by Christine Bell

Book Awards

  • Winner of SLSA-Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize 2009.

Book Description

This book aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the use of peace agreements from a legal perspective. The book describes and evaluates the development of contemporary peace agreement practice, and the documents which emerge. It sets out what is in essence an anatomy of peace agreement practice, and locates this practice with reference to the role of law. The author argues that a lex pacificatoria or law of the peacemakers is developing which is both significantly reshaping international law, and producing new forms of constitutionalism at the domestic level. The last fifteen years have seen a proliferation of peace agreements. These peace agreements have been produced as a result of complex peace processes involving multi-party negotiations between the main protagonists of conflict, often with the involvement of international actors. They document attempts to end conflict, and this book argues that they play an underestimated role in a political process that centrally revolves around law. Understanding peace agreements is important to understanding contemporary peace processes. Law plays two key roles with respect to peace agreements: first, to the extent that peace agreements themselves form legal documents, law plays a role in the 'enforcement' or implementation of the peace agreement; second, international law has a relationship to peace agreement negotiation and content, in an enabling or regulatory capacity. The aim of the book is to evaluate the role which law plays both in enforcing peace agreements and through a normative framework which constrains the ways in which they operate. This evaluation reveals a deeper link between the legal status of peace agreements and their normative regulation as mutually shaping, in what is argued to be a developing lex pacificatoria - or law of the peace makers. This lex pacificatoria stands as an account of the way in which international law shapes and is shaped by peace agreements, in ways which impact on contemporary debates about the force of international law.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199226849
ISBN-10: 0199226849
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Christine Bell

On the Law of Peace by Christine Bell On the Law of Peace, Hardback (September 2008)

The last fifteen years have seen a proliferation of peace agreements in diverse conflicts. This book analyses how and why peace agreements are produced, focusing on the extent to which they are regulated by law, or impose legally binding obligations. The book questions what it is that makes people comply with peace agreements.

Perez Family by Christine Bell Perez Family, Paperback (July 2008)

Made into a major motion picture that starred Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, The Perez Family is "a profound little parable about the redemptive power of love. And when you put it down ... you have glimpsed a single human truth, brilliantly stated. And it will linger in your mind for a long time."--New York Times Book Review

Peace Agreements and Human Rights by Christine Bell Peace Agreements and Human Rights, Paperback (November 2003)

Examining human rights provisions in peace agreements and through them the role of human rights protection in peace processes, this title focuses on peace agreements in over 40 countries. It compares the realpolitik of what parties agree to in peace agreements with international law provisions relating to human rights.

Learning Legal Skills by Christine Bell Learning Legal Skills, Paperback (July 1999)

An introduction to the acquisition of critical legal skills, exploring how problems can be analyzed and how concepts like justice or efficiency may be used to argue for reform. It is suitable not only for introductory or legal method courses but also for the development of legal skills.

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Author Biography - Christine Bell

Christine Bell was born and brought up in Belfast. She is currently Director of the Transitional Justice Institute, and Professor of Public International Law at University of Ulster (based at Magee Campus). She read law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, (1988) and gained an L.L.M. from Law at Harvard Law School (1990), supported by a Harkness Fellowship. She subsequently qualified as an Attorney-at-law in New York, practicing for a period at Debevoise & Plimpton, NY. From 1997-9 she was Director of the Centre for International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Queen's University of Belfast. She has been active in non-governmental organisations, and was chairperson of Belfast-based Human Rights organisation, the Committee on the Administration of Justice from 1995-7, and a founder member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement. She has authored the book Peace Agreements and Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2000).

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