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'Jus Post Bellum' Volume Made Open Access

The Jus Post Bellum project is proud to announce that their foundational volume, Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations, is now freely available as an Open Access publication. This was only possible due to generous funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), as part of their funding for the Jus Post Bellum Project.

Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations, edited by Carsten Stahn, Jennifer Easterday, and Jens Iverson and published by Oxford University Press in 2014, brings together a diverse group of scholars to critically analyse the status and possibilities of jus post bellum. The volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the laws and norms that apply to the process of ending war and building peace; systematically examines the merits and pitfalls of jus post bellum, drawing on theoretical inquiry, comparison to different bodies of international law, and key case-studies; and critically assesses the practical relevance of the theory of jus post bellum to the actual reality of post-conflict situations.

Two additional volumes are also forthcoming from the Jus Post Bellum Project. Both will also be published by Oxford University Press, and the first will also be open access, due to NWO funding.

  • Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices (edited by Carsten Stahn, Jens Iverson, and Jennifer S Easterday) is the first targeted work in the legal literature that investigates environmental challenges in the aftermath of conflict. This volume brings together academics, policy-makers, and practitioners from different disciplines to clarify policies and practices of environmental protection, and key legal considerations related to normative frameworks (e.g., international environmental law, international humanitarian law, transitional justice, and human rights), the treatment of substantive principles (e.g., proportionality under jus in bello and jus post bellum, environmental integrity), ‘shared responsibility’, and accountability mechanisms for environmental damage.
  • Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace is the first work in the legal discipline which grounds the concept of jus post bellum specifically in different conceptions of peace and emerging peace-building practice. Drawing on contemporary and historical examples, it engages with key issues of inquiry that remain understudied in existing scholarship, such as the pros and cons of robust UN mandates, the protection of indigenous peoples, the treatment of illegal settlements, the feasibility of vetting practices or the protection labor rights in post-conflict economies.  The book revisits some of the macro organising principles suggested in moral philosophy, and explores their relevance in contemporary policies and practices.

Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations is available online and as part of Oxford Scholarship Online. It is distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

The Jus Post Bellum Project is a NWO-funded Vidi project that investigates whether and how a contemporary jus post bellum may facilitate greater fairness and sustainability in conflict termination and peacemaking. More about the Project.