Doing Justice in Wartime. Multiple Interplays Between Justice & Populations During the Two World Wars
Participation à la table ronde "Doing Justice in Wartime in a Long-term Perspective" dans le cadre du colloque international "Doing Justice in Wartime. Multiple Interplays Between Justice & Populations During the Two World Wars", accueilli par le Centre d'Etudes et de documentation Guerre Et Sociétés Contemporaines, les 3 et 4 décembre 2015 à Bruxelles.
Periods of wars and foreign domination are of crucial importance in the history of justice. They have led to important shifts in the expectations, practices and actors involved in the field of justice.
Although different aspects of the impact of armed conflict on justice have been studied, the dominant approach of most of this work is top-down and highly institutional. As a result of this bias, the actual actors involved in the justice sector and their practices and expectations in war settings have been largely neglected so far. Drawing from current trends in criminology and the social history of justice, this international conference adopts a grassroots perspective. It focuses on the impact of war on the complex interactions between its different actors (individuals and social groups on the one hand, 'the justice system' [police, judiciary and penitentiary professionals] on the other hand). The conference aims to highlight the emergence of new expectations of justice resulting from the war. It also tackles justice practices, strategies to cope with the changing circumstances, new forms of negotiation, interaction and relationships between populations and the formal justice system in this particular context, and the impact of this renegotiation in the long run.
With two wars and two experiences of occupation, in addition to serving as a colonial power during the two World Wars, Belgium will serve as the focus of the conference.
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