This resource comes from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019 Vol. 55, No. 3, 437–455.
This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and, if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities. Nevertheless, there are risks that legal empowerment might contribute to a strengthening of group identities, reduction of social cohesion, and, in the worst case, triggering of conflict. It looks at how two legal empowerment programs in Liberia navigated the tensions between equity and peace.
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