Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace: Preliminary Reflections
Prof. Carsten Stahn, Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague, explores some of the connections between just post bellum and peacebuilding, based on findings of the Jus Post Bellum project and the final Jus Post Bellum project Conference, which was held in The Hague on 29 and 30 September.
Prof. Stahn: "Jus Post Bellum scholarship has seen an incredible renaissance over the past decade. The term is rarely used in official discourse. But many of the dimensions of post bellum have gained fresh attention in critical inquiries into the failures of intervention, such as the Balkans, Afghanistan or Iraq, including the recent Chilcot inquiry in the UK. US President Obama qualified the aftermath of Libya as the “worst mistake” of his presidency. This makes it, as Brian Orend put it, some of the “best of times”, and some of the “worst of times” to reflect on jus post bellum."