PEAC554 Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes

Updated: 05 April 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PDPS354 or PDPS454 or PEAC354 or PEAC454 or PEAC453

Contribution to online discussion is encouraged.

Combined Units PEAC354 - Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
Coordinator(s) Johanna Garnett (
Unit Description

This unit critically explores processes of reconciliation and justice associated with post-conflict situations. It examines legal and political mechanisms established to call to account the perpetrators of atrocities and human rights violations committed during conflict. It evaluates the role that war crimes tribunals, truth commissions and informal justice mechanisms play in the transition from conflict to peace. Case studies from South Africa, Rwanda, Timor Leste and Yugoslavia are included. It also examines processes of reconciliation amongst deeply divided societies. It evaluates the effectiveness of reconciliation mechanisms in situations such as Australia, Mozambique, the Solomon Islands and Northern Ireland.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

The Peacemaker's Paradox: Pursuing Justice in the Shadow of Conflict

ISBN: 9781138303430
Hayner, P., Routledge 1st ed. 2018

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 2500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 60% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate judicial, democratic, traditional and other mechanisms which address atrocities and human rights violations committed during conflicts;
  2. present a coherent and sustained argument relating to the various processes and practices involved in coping with the psychosocial trauma endured by communities in conflict;
  3. analyse and critically evaluate the effectiveness of current attempts at reconciliation in deeply divided societies;
  4. apply an advanced body of knowledge and skills to complete an applied analysis of the effectiveness of post-conflict truth, justice and reconciliation processes;
  5. apply expert judgement, autonomy, advanced knowledge and skills to complete a gender analysis of a reconciliation process; and
  6. evaluate and critically analyse the competing priorities for the various stakeholders in a post-conflict situation.