United Nations Justice

Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations

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At the end of the 20th century, and at the dawn of the 21st, the United Nations was tasked with the administration of justice in territories placed under its executive authority, an undertaking for which there was no established precedent or doctrine. Examining the UN’s legal and judicial reform efforts in Kosovo and East Timor, this volume argues that rather than helping to establish a sustainable legal system, the UN’s approach detracted from it, as it confused ends with means.




Writing a book requires the mental and physical exertions of one person, but the intellectual, financial and moral contributions of many. I therefore wish to thank the individuals and institutions who supported me while I researched, wrote and edited this work. First and foremost, I would like to thank Marc Weller, who supervised this research in its earlier guise as a PhD dissertation; I am very grateful for his expert guidance and rigorous feedback at all stages of the process, but also for providing me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the field through my involvement with the work of various research projects he directs. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Maurice Pearton, who read and commented on several drafts of all chapters, and whose editorial skill and moral support were invaluable for the completion of the project. The insightful comments and constructive feedback I received from my examiners, James Mayall and Jim Whitman, were also hugely beneficial in turning the thesis into a book.


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