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Illegal Peace in Africa

Illegal Peace in Africa An Inquiry into the Legality of Power Sharing with Warlords, Rebels, and Junta

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521888684
  • Published In: March 2012
  • Format: Hardback , 314 pages
  • Jurisdiction: Africa ? Disclaimer:
    Countri(es) stated herein are used as reference only
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    African states have become testing grounds for Western conflict-resolution experiments, particularly power-sharing agreements, supposedly intended to end deadly conflict, secure peace and build democracy in divided societies. This volume examines the legal and political efficacy of transitional political power-sharing between democratically constituted governments and the African warlords, rebels, or junta that seek to violently unseat them. What role does law indicate for itself to play in informing, shaping and regulating peace agreements? This book addresses this question and others through the prism of three West African case studies: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. It applies the neo-Kadeshean model of analysis and offers a framework for a 'Law on Power-sharing'. In a field dominated by political scientists, and drawing from ancient and contemporary international law, this book represents the first substantive legal critique of the law, practice and politics of power-sharing.

    • Presents a multidisciplinary study drawing from law, political science and history

    • Provides the first substantive inquiry into the legality of peace agreements, particularly political power-sharing

    • Addresses this issue and others through the prism of three West African case studies: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau

  • Acknowledgments
    ix
    1       Introduction
    1
    A.      The Neo-Kadeshean Model
    7
    B.      The Focus and Structure of This Volume
    16
    2       Legalizing Peace
    24
    A.      The Utility of Law in Peacemaking
    24
    B.      Legal Order versus Legal Realism in Africa
    29
    C.      Law versus Politics in War
    34
    3       The Question of Power Sharing
    38
    A.      Power Sharing and the Rule of Law
    38
    B.      Arguments for Power Sharing
    43
    C.      Arguments against Power Sharing
    46
    D.      Conclusion
    50
    4       The Conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau
    52
    A.      Why Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau?
    52
    B.      Conflict and State Collapse
    57
    C.      Intervention and Peacemaking
    68
    D.      Conclusion
    76
    5       The Accra, Lomé, and Abuja Accords
    77
    A.      Cease-Fire
    79
    B.      Military
    79
    C.      Human Rights
    81
    D.      Implementation
    83
    E.      Power Sharing
    85
    F.      Conclusion
    96
    6       The Domestic Legality of Power Sharing
    97
    A.      State Authority
    99
    B.      Fundamental Rights
    103
    C.      Executive and Legislative Powers
    108
    D.      Conclusion
    120
    7       The Regional Legality of Power Sharing
    123
    A.      African Union Law and Practice
    130
    B.      Economic Community of West African States Law and Practice
    138
    C.      Conclusion
    143
    8       The International Legality of Power Sharing
    145
    A.      United Nations Law and Practice
    145
    B.      Other International Law and Practice
    159
    C.      Conclusion
    166
    9       Postscript: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau
    168
    A.      Post-Accra: Peace and Instability
    169
    B.      Post-Lomé: Conflict and Justice
    181
    C.      Post-Abuja: Coups and Uprisings
    189
    D.      Conclusion
    203
    10      No Law, No Peace
    207
    A.      The Necessity of Law in Power Sharing
    207
    B.      Making Legal Peace: Law, Power Sharing, and International Institutions
    210
    C.      Toward a Law of Power Sharing
    223
    11      Conclusion
    244
    Bibliography
    251
    Index
    289
  • Jeremy I. Levitt
    Florida A&M University, College of Law

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