New ISSAT Blog on book launch of International Law in Domstic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict Countries

March 19, 2012 - 12:03pm

The the International Security Sector Advisory Team at Geneva Cetre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces's Community of Practice recently posted a blog about the new book, International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict Countries. The book editors, Edda Kristjánsdóttir, André Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert, hosted a book launch last week.

In answering a basket of six questions posed by the editors, the various authors cited examples from Afghanistan, Bosnia, East Timor, Iraq, Nepal, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, and various post-Soviet Union states. Although the editors were quick to remind the audience at the launch that the book is an empirical study and not a normative one, the book does seem to beg an answer to the fundamental premise of the book, which is can a gap in domestic rule-of-law in post-conflict countries be bridged by strengthening the application of international law? The book answers that international law is increasingly being drawn on to fill this gap, but the conditions enabling international law to stick may be more elusive. How international law can best be brought in to fill gaps in rule-of-law, and at what point or ‘constitutional moment’ this is best done, remain outside the scope of the book, but were part of the discussion at the book launch attended by ISSAT and recorded in the blog. Check out the blog for a more in-depth discussion.