Dilemmas and Difficulties in Peace and Justice: Considerations for Policymakers and Mediators

Questions of justice for serious crimes of war invariably arise in the course of peace talks. Sometimes, justice is defined from the start as a core agenda item for the talks, and even stated as a priority by the negotiating parties. But this may soon lead to unforeseen difficulties as complexities and party interests become clear.

This paper has been commissioned by mediatEUr as part of its Global Forum for Mediation project. In it, peace and justice expert Priscilla Hayner uses real-case examples to identify the emerging trends and dilemmas relating to peace and justice, and to draw out considerations for mediators.