Justice can be a scarce commodity in countries affected by conflicts. The Hague Institute draws lessons from experiences of post-conflict rebuilding activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and from current endeavors in Libya for peacebuilding and the rule of law. The Hague Institute partnered with the Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) to examine access to justice and building institutions for the rule of law in fragile states. Findings were presented at the centenary celebrations of the Peace Palace on 28 August 2013.Rule of Law
The goal of this project was to identify best practices and guidelines for strengthening peacebuilding and establishing the rule of law in conflict-affected settings. Building on ideas from those who have lived in conflict-affected situations and know what life is like without the rule of law, interim-project outcomes were drafted and tested. Local experts and researchers participated in this process, and were invited to collaborate in expert meetings.
Linking doctrine to empirical findings, the project aimed to systemize the knowledge base by deepening and broadening it in grounded, multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research.
Conflicts devastate societies. Their costs can be counted in human suffering, economic collapse and the instability they provoke, often beyond the borders of the…