Blog Series Saferworld and the Platform: Justice and Peace

In collaboration with Saferworld, we launched an online discussion series of blogs to explore ways to include a much broader array of actors in the process of building peace and justice.

How can we maximize the potential that the rule of law has to offer? How can fairer environmental, social, economic, or housing policies address injustices and contribute to peace and development? How can architecture and the use of space promote or reduce violent behaviours? How do gender roles reinforce injustices that contribute to violence? And why is injustice such a powerful motivator of violent behaviours? Please see here for more background information.

Please join the discussion and comment on one of the blog posts listed below.

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‘Guvernance’ and the ‘role’ of law: Getting the vowels right

Following on the release of the World Bank's latest report on governance, Richard Sannerholm takes a closer look at the difference between the 'role' of and 'rule' of law in the latest Justice and Peace blog series entry, defending the importance of the rule of law in today's political climate.

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‘Privilege violence’: why polarized democracies yield violence

Where wealth and power is concentrated, security institutions may be instrumentalized to protect the economic and political elite at the expense of wider security and rule of law. Dr Rachel Kleinfeld calls this type of violence Privilege Violence, because it stems not from a state that is weak and unable to fight violence – but from a power structure that allows or enables violence against some citizens as the price for maintaining extreme privilege.

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Myanmar's plural justice system

This blog, by Will Bennett, looks at the plurality of justice providers in Myanmar. In it, Bennett explores different justice chains that people in Myanmar follow to pursue redress for grievances. It examines the reasons why these chains are followed and what the implications are for wider peace and statebuilding dynamics.

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Police accountability and predictability: mechanisms for peace and justice

In this blog, Gary White and Graham Mathias examine the relationships between good policing, and peace and justice. In order for policing to contribute to peace and justice, there must be trust between communities and the police. In countries like Northern Ireland, decades of conflict have tarnished this trust. What must be done to ensure policing can contribute to lasting peace and real justice?

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The injustice of inequality and its links to violence

In this blog, Deborah Hardoon reflects on the relationship between inequality, injustice and violence, arguing that inequality is a form of injustice. But what does that mean for peace and justice? Deborah offers suggestions as to how to focus more on inequality in our work on justice.

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Injustice: a driver of violent extremism?

As the countering violent extremism agenda becomes more prominent, Leanne McKay looks at why it shouldn’t supersede other development, peacebuilding and rule of law options available to tackle violence. She argues that more security-focused responses will not lead to the kind of successes required for peaceful and just societies.

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Providing access to justice for all?

It is vital that the measures we use to gauge progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals offer the best possible chance of genuinely contributing to improved access to justice, argues Lisa Denney.

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Gender injustice and conflict

Including women at every stage of a peace process is vital to avoid replicating the structural injustices that are often at the root of conflict during the process of building peace itself, argue Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray.

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Just cities: the role of public space and everyday life

Much has been written about the importance of mobile phones and social networking in recent protesting around the globe, including the Arab Spring demonstrations, yet along with effective means of communication, occupying urban space was equally necessary and significant, says Dr. Wendy Pullan, Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research.

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Preventing violence through the rule of law: changing our approach to fit a changing landscape

To maximize the potential of the rule of law to prevent violence we must do more to help shape positive experiences of security and justice, says Alejandro Alvarez, Team Leader of the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights team in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Program Support. Click on the button to read the entire blog post by Alejandro Alvarez.

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A just response to climate change violence

Climate change itself is a form of violence, says Dr. Jason Hickel, but right now we don’t have a framework for thinking about it. Dr. Hickel is is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics. Click on the button to read the entire blog post by Dr. Jason Hickel.