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What is a Just Peace?$
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Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199275351.001.0001

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The Concept of a Just Peace, or Achieving Peace Through Recognition, Renouncement, and Rule

The Concept of a Just Peace, or Achieving Peace Through Recognition, Renouncement, and Rule

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What is a Just Peace?

Pierre Allan (Contributor Webpage)

Alexis Keller

Oxford University Press

In this concluding chapter, Allan and Keller posit that Just Peace should be defined as a process resting on four necessary and sufficient conditions: thin recognition whereby the other is accepted as autonomous; thick recognition whereby identities need to be accounted for; renouncement, requiring significant sacrifices from all parties; and rule, the objectification of a Just Peace by a ‘text’ requiring a common language respecting the identities of each, and defining their rights and duties. This approach, based on a language-oriented process amongst directly concerned parties, goes beyond liberal and culturalist perspectives. By moving beyond the idea of a peace founded on norms claiming universal scope, each side of a conflict has a place at the negotiating table to present their own perspective on what justice might entail. This inclusion into the decision-making process helps create the feeling of personal investment in the final negotiated product. In addition, negotiators need to work towards building a novel shared reality as well as a new common language to help foster an enduring harmony between previously clashing peoples.

Keywords:   justice, peace, recognition, renouncement, rule, language-oriented process, negotiations, inclusion

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