Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict

Lars Waldorf

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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. Nevertheless, there are risks that legal empowerment might contribute to a strengthening of group identities, reduction of social cohesion, and, in the worst case, triggering of conflict. It looks at how two legal empowerment programmes in Liberia navigated the tensions between equity and peace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-455
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number3
Early online date3 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019


  • horizontal inequalities
  • legal empowerment
  • Liberia
  • peacebuilding
  • post-conflict
  • social cohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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