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Title: Negotiating interlegality : UN-habitat conflict resolution in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author: Robinson, Jim P.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 3951
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2016
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With a particular focus on UN-Habitat's land dispute resolution programme in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this thesis analyses UN-Habitat engagement with contested legality in a peacebuilding context. UN-Habitat's on-going experiences in DRC, and the associated policy processes, are contributing to a significant evolution in their approaches to land disputes in situations of conflict, post-conflict and peacebuilding across Africa and beyond. The organisation's policy processes enable non-state actors, interests and legal systems (local, national and international) to shape the UN-Habitat programme in DRC. This thesis argues that, in order to have meaningful impact in the DRC, UN-Habitat need to seek legitimacy from numerous sources, and this in turn curtails the extent of their power to act. This is indicative of a shift in the approach of international organisations to the Rule of Law, which, in the case of the UN and World Bank for example, have typically been overly focused on the formal, state legal institutions and systems as the means to address the challenges of peacebuilding and post-conflict situations. Instead, the complex interaction, blending and mixing of multiple formal and informal legal orders gives rise to new forms of legal meaning and action described by Boaventura de Sousa Santos as 'legal hybrids'. This thesis identifies the emergence and characteristics of such a legal hybrid, 'UN-Habitat law'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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