Synopses & Reviews
Popkin analyzes the role of international actors, notably the United States and the United Nations, and the contributions and limitations of international assistance in efforts to establish accountability and reform the justice system in El Salvador. The author discusses the essential role of civil society in attempts to establish accountability and an effective justice system for all, and looks at the reasons for and the consequences of the limited role played by Salvadorean civil society. She also addresses the challenges facing democratic reform efforts in the context of a postwar crime wave.
Peace Without Justice grew out of Margaret Popkin’s extensive experience working as a human rights advocate in El Salvador during the armed conflict and interviews with a variety of Salvadorans and others involved in justice reform and in negotiating and implementing the peace accords.
“Popkin offers a measured, thoughtful study, one rich in details and bibliographical annotation.”
—Arthur Schmidt, The Americas
Includes bibliographical references (p. -275) and index.
About the Author
Margaret L. Popkin is Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation and former Program Director for Africa and Latin America at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. She served as Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute of the Central American University in San Salvador (1985–92) and has worked as a consultant to the United Nations and to the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights (1992–93).