On the Law of Peace: Legal Aspects of Peace Agreements

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byChristine Bell

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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 agreementpractice, and locates this practice with reference to the role of law. 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 documentattempts 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 andcontent, 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 peaceagreements 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 oncontemporary debates about the force of international law.

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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 agreementpractice, and locates this practice with ref...

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 Hark...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226849

ISBN - 13:9780199226849

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Table of Contents

1. Peace Agreements and International Law in Historical Context2. Peace Agreements and the Role of Law3. Peace Agreements and Legal Form4. Peace Agreement Obligations5. Third Party Enforcement6. Towards a Lex Pacificatoria