Contents: Introduction; Part I Africa: Transitional justice: a future Truth Commission for Zimbabwe?, Max Du Plessis and Jolyon Ford; Courts and democracy in postconflict transitions: a social scientist's perspective on the African case, Jennifer Widner; Legal, judicial and administrative reforms in post-conflict societies: beyond the rule of law template, Richard Sannerholm. Part II Europe: The governance of Kosovo: Security Council Resolution 1244 and the establishment and functioning of EULEX, Erika de Wet; Peacekeeping and prosecutorial policy: lessons from Kosovo, Gregory L. Naarden and Jeffrey B. Locke; The disempowerment of human rights-based justice in the United Nations mission in Kosovo, David Marshall and Shelley Inglis. Part III Legal Frameworks and the Rule of Law: Promoting the rule of law abroad: the problem of knowledge, Thomas Carothers; Collapse and reconstruction of a judicial system: the United Nations missions in Kosovo and East Timor, Hansjörg Strohmeyer; United Nations reform and supporting the rule of law in post-conflict societies, David Tolbert with Andrew Solomon; From neo-colonialism to a 'light-footprint approach': restoring justice systems, Matteo Tondini; Post-conflict peace-building and constitution-making, Kirsti Samuels; 'Jus ad bellum', 'jus in bello'…'jus post bellum'? Rethinking the conception of the law of armed force?, Carsten Stahn; Peace agreements: their nature and legal status, Christine Bell. Part IV Contemporary Challenges: From state failure to state-building: problems and prospects for a United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, Simon Chesterman; 'Security starts with the law': the role of international law in the protection of women's security post-conflict, Amy Maguire; Framing the issue: UN responses to corruption and criminal networks in post-conflict settings, Victoria K. Holt and Alix J. Boucher; Corrupting peace? Peacebuilding and post-conflict corruption, Philippe Le Billon; Closing the gap between peace operations and post-conflict insecurity: towards a violence reduction agenda, Robert Muggah and Keith Krause; Name index.