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Author Isser, Deborah.

Title Looking for justice [electronic resource] : Liberian experiences with and perceptions of local justice options / by Deborah H. Isser, Stephen C. Lubkemann, and Saah N'Tow, with Adeo Addison, Johnny Ndebe, George Saye, and Tim Luccaro, including contributions and quantitative analysis from Bilal Siddiqi, and Justin Sandefur.

Imprint Washington, DC : U.S. Institute of Peace, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  Y 3.P 31:19/NO.63    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (100 p.) : ill.
Series Peaceworks ; no. 63
Peaceworks ; no. 63.
Note Title from PDF title screen (viewed May 10, 2010).
"November 2009."
Summary This report presents the research findings and analysis of ten months of field study as part of the United States Institute of Peace and George Washington University project titled "From Current Practices of Justice to Rule of Law: Policy Options for Liberia's First Post-Conflict Decade." The analysis we present, based on three types of research methods (focus groups, individual interviews with parties to specific disputes, and interviews with chiefs, zoes [traditional leaders], and other justice practitioners) employed primarily in three counties (Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba, and less extensively in parts of Monrovia), is intended to provide the Liberian government and other stakeholders in the country with more robust evidence than has hitherto been available on how both formal and customary justice systems are perceived and utilized by Liberians. It also addresses what implications this evidence has for policy options regarding justice sector reform. Our methodology was designed to trace actual practice of dispute resolution, regardless of which institution--formal, customary, or other--was involved. This allows us to understand the choices made by litigants and their levels of satisfaction in relational value to the available alternatives. These realities facing Liberians in the pursuit of justice, as well as the social beliefs that inform Liberians' conceptions of justice, are critical to take into account in any effort to design a successful justice strategy for the immediate and medium terms.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Summary -- Part I : Introduction -- Overview and objectives -- Part II : Research findings -- Core questions -- The topography of justice -- The customary justice system -- Liberian perceptions of justice -- Views on regulation of the customary system -- An assessment of Liberians' quest for justice -- Part II : Conclusion -- Policy implications -- Appendix: Community-based justice and the and the rule of law in Liberia.
Subject Customary law -- Liberia.
Law -- Liberia.
Rule of law -- Liberia.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Liberia.
Added Author Lubkemann, Stephen C., 1968-
N'Tow, Saah Charles.
Addison, Adeo.
Ndebe, Johnny.
Saye, George.
Luccaro, Tim.
Siddiqi, Bilal Murtaza.
Sandefur, Justin.
United States Institute of Peace.
Added Title Liberian experiences with and perceptions of local justice options
Other Form: Print version: Isser, Deborah H. Looking for justice. 100 p. (OCoLC)467439623
Gpo Item No. 1063-K-11 (online)
Sudoc No. Y 3.P 31:19/NO.63

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