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Policing after Conflict: Peace-Building and the Responsibility to Protect

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Policing's importance beyond the domestic criminal justice sphere has grown significantly in recent years by reason of changes in the nature of human conflict. Police, as a quintessentially local, state-based institution have a crucial role to play in establishing peace in societies fractured by internal violence and longstanding social conflicts. This chapter focuses on the forms of international intervention and assistance in the field of police reform in addition to some of the country-specific challenges to have arisen in the context of reforming the police as part of wider peace-building and reconstruction efforts. It argues that in addition to a timely need to respond to the relative neglect of policing by the international community, we face the risk of de-centering responsibility for the improvement of personal security away from the state, instead turning to non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society for solutions.

Keywords: civil society; domestic criminal justice; human conflict; international community; non-government organizations (NGOs); peace-building; policing; social conflicts



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