The Model Codes for Post-Conflict Justice is a criminal law reform tool tailored to the needs of countries emerging from conflict. The Model Codes can be purchased or downloaded.

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Praise for the Model Codes

"The [Model Codes for Post-Conflict Criminal Justice] mark an advance of great international significance for post-conflict societies – the arrival of a criminal code drafted in admirably clear and uncomplicated language, supported by detailed commentaries, and designed explicitly for such societies. [These codes], with [their] measured approach, will enable jurisdictions emerging from conflict to move quickly towards reestablishing the rule of law, and a fair criminal justice system, without the need to start the reform process afresh. It is an outstanding piece of work…"
- Andrew Ashworth, Vinerian Professor of English Law, University of Oxford

"Model Codes for Post-Conflict Criminal Justice is a valuable resource for criminal law reform in post-conflict societies. Its contents reflect recent advances in international criminal law instruments, and draw on the accumulated knowledge and experience of the international criminal law community. Moreover, Model Codes takes into account the particular challenges presented by post-conflict countries, making it both a targeted and a practical tool."
- Ma Kechang, Professor of Law, Wuhan University, People’s Republic of China

"Model Codes for Post-Conflict Criminal Justice reflects clearly the input of hundreds of experts and practitioners drawn from across the globe. The codes and their commentaries will be invaluable to local governments and peacekeeping missions involved in law reform, providing a clear legal framework that meets with international standards and is cognizant of the challenges that come with post-conflict environments."
- Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein

"The importance of this work for societies in transition from conflict and oppression to freedom and democracy cannot be overemphasized. It is a model of clarity and the commentaries on each section are a valuable resource not only for practitioners but also for students."
- Richard Goldstone, former Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa


Contact Details

For more information, please contact the project directors: Colette Rausch at +1.202.429.3860 or via email at; Vivienne O'Connor at +1.202.429.3898 or via email at

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