Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding
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Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding

Edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

This innovative Handbook offers a new perspective on the cutting-edge conceptual advances that have shaped – and continue to shape – the field of intervention and statebuilding.
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Chapter 17: From international justice and statebuilding to international justice as statebuilding

Sara Dezalay


Scholarship on global justice and the literature on intervention and statebuilding ignored each other until recently. However, these two strands are still engaged in a war of translation, with justice and peace still largely seen as partly irreconcilable goals. This chapter seeks to move beyond the terms of this debate. Building a political sociology of international justice has proven relevant to trace the significance of international norms and international justice institutions in global and domestic politics. This approach focuses on agents, and specifically lawyers, their trajectories and their professional strategies so as to unveil developments that are otherwise left invisible in external intervention practices, notably the structuration, over time, of state power and the trajectory of globalization.

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