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The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers

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The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers

The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers By Phil Clark
2010 | 400 Pages | ISBN: 0511761589 | PDF | 4 MB


This is a timely empirical study and review of the Gacaca Courts which were established in 2001 in Rwanda as an attempt to prosecute suspects involved in the 1994 genocide. Based on the author's original field work which began in 2003 in Rwanda and which has been updated to the end of 2009, it includes responses from within the Rwandan population. Dr. Clark argues that, despite widespread international scepticism, the Gacaca process has achieved remarkable results in terms of justice and reconciliation, although this has often come at a price, especially the re-traumatisation of many Rwandans who have participated firsthand in hearings. This book will appeal to a wide global readership crossing human rights, transitional justice and African studies for its combination of original empirical data with a socio-legal analysis.