Inside Rwanda's /gacaca/ Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert IngelaereInside Rwanda's /gacaca/ Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert Ingelaere

Inside Rwanda's /gacaca/ Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide

byBert Ingelaere

Hardcover | December 6, 2016

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After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, victims, perpetrators, and the country as a whole struggled to deal with the legacy of the mass violence. The government responded by creating a new version of a traditional grassroots justice system called gacaca. Bert Ingelaere, based on his observation of two thousand gacaca trials, offers a comprehensive assessment of what these courts set out to do, how they worked, what they achieved, what they did not achieve, and how they affected Rwandan society.

Weaving together vivid firsthand recollections, interviews, and trial testimony with systematic analysis, Ingelaere documents how the gacaca shifted over time from confession to accusation, from restoration to retribution. He precisely articulates the importance of popular conceptions of what is true and just. Marked by methodological sophistication, extraordinary evidence, and deep knowledge of Rwanda, this is an authoritative, nuanced, and bittersweet account of one of the most important experiments in transitional justice after mass violence.

Bert Ingelaere is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Foundation–Flanders (FWO) in Belgium. He is the coeditor of Genocide, Risk and Resilience: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
Title:Inside Rwanda's /gacaca/ Courts: Seeking Justice After GenocideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299309703

ISBN - 13:9780299309701


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
List of Abbreviations             
1 Learning “to Be Kinyarwanda”      
2 From Genocide to Gacaca             
3 Gacaca Mechanics              
4 Experiencing Gacaca                      
5 The Weight of the State                  
6 Navigating the Social                      
7 A Thousand Hills, a Thousand Gacacas                
8 Shades of Heart                  
Appendix I: Important Dates            
Appendix II: Supplementary Tables              

Editorial Reviews

"Rigorous and reliable. It has much to say about the difficulties of reconciliation politics."