Other CCDP Publications



Towards International Normativity - Between Mimetism and Dissemination
La Formation du Droit International - Entre mimétisme et dissémination

Editors: Vincent Negri and Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff, Editions Pedone, 2016

Details: Normative pluralism is often described as symptomatic of the dynamic of law. However, such a diagnosis does not account for the manner in which this dynamic works. While phenomena of legal interpretation, unity, reproduction and diffusion cannot be understood independently of their sociocultural context, deliberate strategies of normalization – including the political, social and even symbolic aspirations that sustain them – are rather grounded in normative mimetism. Often approached from the vantage point of the asymmetries underlying the production of law, mimetism propels nonetheless a complex movement of legal uniformization. Highlighting the substance of legal norms as well as the plurality of social norms, the combined insights from legal and anthropological scholarship allow a clearer view on the meandrous process governing the production of law.

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Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives

Editors: Mats Berdal and Achim Wennmann, Adelphi Series, Routledge/IISS, 2010

Details: A Routledge publication with the International Institute of Strategic Studies, edited by Mats Berdal (King's College, London) and CCDP researcher Achim Wennmann, offering a new insight on the economic dimension of peace processes. In distilling expertise from a range of disciplines, the book seeks to inform a more economically integrated and responsive approach to helping countries leave behind their troubled pasts and take a fuller role in constructing their futures.

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Civil Society and Peacebuilding: A Critical Assessment

Editor:Thania Paffenholz , Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009

Details: The book distils the results of a three-year international research project on ‘Civil Society in Peacebuilding’, hosted at the CCDP. The team gathered 30 researchers from 16 universities and research institutes, four external advisors and experts, 22 external reviewers, as well as support staff. Responding to the burgeoning interest in the role of civil society in peacebuilding, this groundbreaking collaborative effort identifies the constructive functions of civil society in support of peacebuilding both during and in the aftermath of armed conflict.

Special Issues in Journals


Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, vol. 17, issue 2, April/June 2011
The Governance of Extractive Resources

Guest Editor: Gilles Carbonnier

Details: This issue of Global Governance focuses on the global governance of extractive resources. Largely shaped by the energy-security agenda of industrialized countries, it is patchy and does not properly address the specific concerns of producer, consumer, and transit countries. Rising demand coincides with a looming peak of oil production and climate change.
Directed by Gilles Carbonnier, this interdisciplinary issue looks at how extractive industries, investors, civil society, international organizations, and consumer countries can jointly provide significant political and market incentives to avert the resource curse in resource-rich, but weak states. The articles are available online.

Disasters, vol. 34, issue supplement s3, October 2010
States of Fragility: Stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action

Guest Editor: Robert Muggah, Sarah Collinson, and Samir Elhawary

Details: This special issue of Disasters is part of the project on The Consequences of Stabilisation on Humanitarian Action coordinated by CCDP research fellow Robert Muggah. The issue, focused on states of fragility, enquires into the interest of various actors in 'stabilising' conflict-affected contexts and its implications on humanitarianism. Click on the cover for more details.

Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol.28, n.2-3, 2009-2010
UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees 60 Years Later

Guest Editors: Riccardo Bocco and Lex Takkenberg

Details: This volume marks the 60th aniversary of the creation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The first part focuses on the evolution of the agency in the context where it intervenes and manages affairs of Palestine refugees. The second part of the volume focuses on the notion of refugee protection, and the third part looks at ways and alternatives to the present challenges both at the agency and the political levels. 

Contemporary Security Policy, vol.30, n.2, August 2009
Challenging the Weberian State: Armed Groups and Contemporary Conflicts

Guest Editor: Keith Krause

Details: The volume features several contributions that emerged from a conference co-hosted by the CCDP and the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University on "Transnational and Non-State Armed Groups: Legal and Policy Responses." For more information, click here.


Reports and Working Papers


Legitimacy and Peace Processes: From coercion to consent
Accord Issue 25 - an international review of peace initiatives

Guest Editors: Achim Wennmann and Alexander Ramsbotham (2014)

Details: Legitimacy matters for peace. Accord 25 uses 15 country case studies to examine legitimacy and the practical ways that it can contribute to building more sustainable peace. Read more about this publication here.

The full publication may be accessed online as a PDF and it is also available for download as an ebook.

The Challenges of Institution Building: Prospects for the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

Authors: Thomas Bierstecker and Oliver Jütersonke (2010)

Details: Written as part of a project co-organized by the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Abstract: Different theories of international relations, institutions, and organizations have insights into both the constraints new institutional entities are likely to face, as well as potential ways of overcoming some of them. To address the issue of what role the UN peacebuilding architecture could realistically be expected to perform ten years from now, this paper briefly examines what different theories have to tell us about the origins of new institutions, their operational dynamics, their challenges, their constraints, their pathologies, and their realistic possibilities.

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