Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice: Democratizing Justice in the World Tribunal on Iraq

This book presents an important contribution to our understanding of post-conflict justice as an essential element of global ethics and justice through an exploration of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI). The 2003 War in Iraq provoked worldwide protests and unleashed debates on the war’s illegitimacy and illegality. In response, the WTI was organized by anti-war and peace activists, international law experts, and ordinary people who claimed global citizens’ rights to investigate and document the war responsibilities of official authorities, governments, and the United Nations, as well as their violation of global public will. The WTI’s democratizing, experimental form constituted reclaimative post-conflict justice, a new conceptualization within the field of post-conflict and justice studies. This book serves as a theoretical and practical guide for all who seek to reclaim deliberative democracy as a viable foundation for revitalizing the ethical norms of a peaceful and just world order.

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Janet Gerson, EdD, is Education Director at the International Institute on Peace Education, and formerly served as Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University. She received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association Award for Public Deliberation on Global Justice: The World Tribunal on Iraq. She has contributed chapters to Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations (2020); Exploring Betty A. Reardon's Perspective on Peace Education (2019); The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (2000, 2006); and Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a Culture of Peace (2001).

Dale T. Snauwaert, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Peace Studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in the Foundations of Peace Education and the Undergraduate Minor in Peace Studies at the University of Toledo, USA. He is the Founding Editor of In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, and received a Fulbright Specialist Grant for peace education in Colombia. He has published on such topics as democratic theory, theories of justice, the ethics of war and peace, the normative foundations of peace studies, and the philosophy of peace education. His recent publications include: Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights; Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace; and Human Rights Education beyond Universalism and Relativism: A Relational Hermeneutic for Global Justice (with Fuad Al-Daraweesh), among others.

“This book might well serve global civil society as a training manual for any and all who seek to reclaim authentic democracy as the most viable foundation of a peaceful world order.”
Betty A. Reardon
Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education

“Gerson and Snauwaert have written a breakthrough scholarly study of post-conflict justice that should interest political philosophers, as well as citizens of conscience concerned with making international law relevant to issues of war and peace.”
Richard A. Falk
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

“Gerson and Snauwaert's well researched book manages the difficult job of doing justice to the complex workings of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI)… A must read for all interested in a more just and peaceful world.”
Müge Gürsoy Sökmen
Editor, Making a Case against War: The World Tribunal on Iraq (2008)

“The WTI modeled democratizing justice by reclaiming the voice, authority, and dignity of people affected by official authorities’ decisions on war and peace… Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice offers all global citizens a treasure trove of dignified pathways into the future.”
Evelin Lindner
Founding President, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

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ISBN: 1-5275-6932-2

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-6932-4

Release Date: 30th June 2021

Pages: 274

Price: £61.99

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