ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law
Peace negotiators often face the difficult decision of whether to pursue peace at the potential cost of achieving justice, or to pursue justice at the potential cost of achieving near term peace. There are abiding ethical and moral debates surrounding this tension between peace and justice. In Syria—where the death toll has exceeded 470,000, 11 million have been displaced, and there are over 14,000 documented cases of torture to the point of death—the peace versus justice debate is a living dilemma with which negotiators are currently grappling. This article strives to examine a timely facet of this multidimensional puzzle: how to successfully accommodate the desire for justice by artfully weaving tenets of accountability into a peace process, without undermining a peace process.
Williams, Paul; Dicker, Lisa; and Paterson, C. Danae, "The Peace vs. Justice Debate and the Syrian Crisis" (2018). Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals. 1255.