Background Paper: Moving Beyond the 'Peace versus Justice' Debate: Linking DDR and Accountability Mechanisms

The 2009 EU Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities states that EU mediators are expected to address human rights violations in peace processes, but it gives no indication for how they may do so. To meet this need, mediatEUr is organising a series of expert meetings that bring together EU policy-makers with transitional justice and mediation experts to generate recommendations for how the EU may strengthen its capacity to further peace and justice.

This paper has been commissioned by mediatEUr as part of this project. In it, Lars Waldorf considers the challenges and opportunities for linking Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programmes with accountability in societies emerging from violent conflict. By focusing on this specific example, it seeks to inform the wider debate on how the EU may best ensure respect for transitional justice and accountability in its peace mediation and peace process support.