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Peace Agreements and Human Rights New ed

Christine BellProfessor of Law, University of Ulster

ISBN13: 9780199270965
ISBN: 0199270961
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £38.99

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Peace Agreements and Human Rights examines the place of human rights in peace agreements against the backdrop of international legal provision. The book examines the role of peace agreements in peace processes, drawing on a comprehensive appendix of over 100 peace agreements signed after 1990, in over 40 countries. Four sets of peace agreements are then examined in details, those of Bosnia Herzigovnia, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Israeli/palestinian conflict.

The Human Rights component of each of these agreements are comapred with each othe- focussing not on direct institutional comparison, but rather on the set of trade-offs which comprise the 'human rights dimension' of the agreements. This human rights dimension is also compared with relevant international law.

The book focusses on the comparison of three main areas: self-determination and 'the deal', institution-building for the future, and dealing with the past. The purpose of the comparison is to illuminate thinking at three levels. First, it aims to provide some clear analysis of the role of human rights in peace agreements and the role of peace agreements in peace processes and conflicts more generally. Second, it considers whether and how international law guides or influences the negotiators who frame peace agreements, or whether international law is running to catch up with the mechanisms turned to in peace agreements. Finally, to provide a context from which to examine the relationship between justice and peace, and law and politics more generally.

The author argues that the design and implementation prospects are closely circumscribed by the self-determination 'deal' at the heart of the agreement. She suggests that the entangling issues of group access to power with individual rights provision indicates the extent to which peace-making is a constitution-making project. She argues in conclusion that peace agreements are in effect types of constitution, with valuable lessons about the role of law in social change in both violent conflict and more peaceful contexts.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
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1. Introduction
2. Peace processes, Peace Agreements, and Human Rights: What are They?
3. From Conflict to Peace? South Africa and Northern Ireland
4. From Conflict to Peace: Israel/Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina
5. Getting to Yes? negotiating Self-Determination
6. But What was the Question? Evaluating the Deal
7. Building for the Future: Human Rights Institutions
8. Undoing the Past: Refugees, Land, and Possession
9. Dealing with the Past: Prisoners, Accountability, and 'Truth'
10. 'Back to the Future': Human Rights and Peace Agreements
Appendix: A Decade of Peace Agreements