Traditional Justice and Reconciliation After Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences

A comparative study

This report is based on the findings of a comparative study examining the role played by traditional justice mechanisms in dealing with the legacy of violent conflict in Africa. It focuses on five countries – Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda – and cautions against unrealistic expectations of traditional structures, instead offering an evidence-based assessment of the strengths and the weaknesses of traditional conflict management mechanisms within the broader framework of post-conflict social reconstruction efforts.