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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 8 No 2 (2006)

Studying Post-Conflict Rule of Law: The Creation of an 'Ordinary Crimes Model' by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor

Erica Harper BCom LLB (Hons) Macquarie University; PhD Candidate University of Melbourne. Currently chief of Party International Development Law Organisation Post-Tsunami Legal Assistance Initiative for Indonesia.

This article focuses on the practical and conceptual challenges associated with UN exercises in post-conflict legal rehabilitation. The context is a case study of one of the UN's most recent and extensive rule of law projects. In 1999, the UN Security Council endoowed the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor with wide powers of legal governance and administration. Among its responsibilties, UNTAET was mandated to build and administer a justice system to process criminal and civil offences. Consideration of UNTAET's construction of the Ordinary Crimes Model, the problems that were encountered, and the extent to which such intervention and conflict management. Such lessons learned should be incorporated into the current discourse on how the UN should proceed in future missions where rule of law and judicial capacity building are stated priorites.

(2006) 8(3) Asian Law 155

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