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International Law and Peace Settlements
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International Law and Peace Settlements provides a systematic and comprehensive assessment of the relationship between international law and peace settlement practice across core settlement issues, e.g. transitional justice, human rights, refugees, self-determination, power-sharing, and wealth-sharing. The contributions address key cross-cutting questions on the legal status of peace agreements, the potential for developing international law, and the role of key actors – such as non-state armed groups, third-state witnesses and guarantors, and the UN Security Council – in the legalisation and internationalisation of settlement commitments. In recent years, significant scholarly work has examined facets of the relationship between international law and peace settlements, through concepts such as jus post bellum and lex pacificatoria. International Law and Peace Settlements drives forward the debate on the legalisation and internationalisation of peace agreements with diverse contributions from leading academics and practitioners in international law and conflict resolution.

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'In the midst of peace negotiations - when ending violence is the primary goal - conflict parties, mediators and others often find themselves confronting complicated questions about matters on the fringes of international (and domestic) law. As the contributors to International Law and Peace Settlements explain, there are seldom clear cut answers to these questions. That is exactly why the volume is so valuable. Through the depth and nuance of its exploration of the 'law' of peace and its extraordinary breadth across time, types of conflict and regions, it provides access to the complicated field. For practitioners and scholars concerned with peace-making, it is essential reading.'

Christina Murray - Senior Adviser on Constitutions, Mediation Standby Team, Mediation Support Unit, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

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