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Experiencing everyday justice: a study of end-user experiences of judicial hybridity in South Kivu, DRC

Shearon, Edward Houston (2017)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Within peacebuilding, there is a growing understanding of the need to develop a more robust understanding of the bottom up view of peacebuilding due to numerous failures to achieve the liberal peace over the years. There is a growing consensus that the liberal peace is insufficient to achieve sustainable peace in post conflict countries, but understandable uncertainty exists about how to achieve peace in post-liberal context. The thesis sets out to expand our understanding of what the experiences of everyday judicial hybridity in South Kivu can contribute to current peacebuilding approaches.

By examining 104 different user narratives with various judicial service in South Kivu, DRC conducted between May 2014 and August 2014, this research tries to understand how individuals understand and navigate through the judicial landscape. This study concludes that justice is South Kivu judicial users desires for judicial experiences are not unique, but are contain universal characteristics. While there are opportunities to build upon what is working for users, the long term solutions for sustainable peace remain at the mercy of political solutions.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Jackson, Paul B. and Beswick, Danielle
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Government and Society, International Development Dapartment
Subjects:HM Sociology
JF Political institutions (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:7482
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