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Back to the Future? Confronting the Role(s) of Natural Resources in Armed Conflict Through the Lenses of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Cusato, Eliana (2017) 'Back to the Future? Confronting the Role(s) of Natural Resources in Armed Conflict Through the Lenses of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.' International Community Law Review, 19 (4-5). 373 - 400. ISSN 1388-9036

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Abstract

Natural resources are critical factors in the transition from conflict to peace. Whether they contributed to, financed or fuelled armed conflict, failure to integrate natural resources into post-conflict strategies may endanger the chances of a long-lasting and sustainable peace. This article explores how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (trcs), as transitional justice institutions, can contribute to addressing the multifaceted role of natural resources in armed conflict. Drawing insights from the practice of the Sierra Leonean and Liberian trcs in this area, the article identifies several ways in which truth-seeking bodies may reinforce post-conflict accountability and avoid the future reoccurrence of abuses and conflict by actively engaging with the natural resource-conflict link. As it is often the case with other transitional justice initiatives, trcs’ engagement with the role of natural resources in armed conflict brings along opportunities and challenges, which are contextual and influenced by domestic and international factors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Armed conflict; natural resources; truth and reconciliation commissions; transitional justice; accountability; peacebuilding
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 08:15
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 10:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26450

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