Criminal Justice Reform in Post-Conflict Environments: A Case Study of Corrections Reform in KosovoWestern Society of Criminology 39th Annual Conference, [Newport Beach, CA] (2012)
This paper introduces a critical approach to the use of post-conflict (PC) criminal justice (CJ) reform activities, presenting a case study of Correctional Service of Canada efforts in corrections reform in Kosovo. Through an exploratory methodology (in-depth interviews), this project considers the dynamics and challenges involved in PC corrections reform activities. Lack of success following CJ reform activities in post-conflict environments (PCEs) is typically attributed to the characteristics &/or weaknesses of the recipient country. Using a more critical framework, this paper questions whether Western standards, models, and training initiatives can appropriately be applied and produce 'success' in PCEs given the significant political, social, cultural, and economic differences in these societies. This project builds on previous international literature about PCEs, peacebuilding activities, and knowledge transfer, contributing to the PC corrections reform literature, which is lacking in comparison to scholarship about other CJ sectors in PCEs.
Publication DateFebruary 17, 2012
Citation InformationDanielle J. Murdoch. "Criminal Justice Reform in Post-Conflict Environments: A Case Study of Corrections Reform in Kosovo" Western Society of Criminology 39th Annual Conference, [Newport Beach, CA] (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danielle_murdoch/7/