Promoting a Culture of Rule of Law and Human Rights

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This paper by Francesca Mauri examines mandates and experiences of so-called "hybrid" courts established in war-torn countries to achieve justice.

In post-conflict scenarios, large-scale trials in transitional justice processes represent a real challenge due to the lack of resources and several structural issues. In order to effectively investigate and address the mass violations of human rights and war crimes committed, war emerging countries often rely on “hybrid” courts or tribunals. These are courts of mixed jurisdiction, encompassing both national and international aspects, which to date exist in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Timor-Leste, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia and Central African Republic.
 
Learn more about how hybrid courts operate by reading this informative paper by Francesca Mauri, which examines their background, genesis and experiences, discussing the legacy and the outcomes of hybrid justice as well as its role and implications in promoting a culture of Rule of Law and Human Rights in post-conflict contexts.
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