Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict

Lars Teilhet Waldorf (Lead / Corresponding author)

Research output: Working paper/PreprintWorking paper


This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and, if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities but that there are risks of strengthening group identities, reducing social cohesion, and, in the worst case, triggering conflict. It uses a case study to examine how two legal empowerment programs in Liberia navigated this tension between equity and peace.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


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