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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 7 1

International and Local Visions of the Justice and Security Sector in the West Bank


Considerable efforts by leading experts and funds from around the world are put into restructuring the West Bank justice and security sector (JSS). This is an effort done in a highly contested environment, with an ongoing Israeli occupation and weak local trust in the Palestine Authority (PA). This article analyzes the understandings by local Palestinian non-government organizations and international bodies aiding in building the JSS of what a legitimate development of the JSS is and should be, and whose voices become dominant in the discussions and implementations of it. The argument made is that Western legal knowledge, with its focus on security and technocratic solutions, have been dominant at the expense of core political solutions in regard to the Israeli occupation and the workings of the PA, and that it has downplayed the local context, local voices and their understandings of a legitimate JSS.

Pages:108 to 122
Section: Articles
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Author Biography

Ida Nafstad, PhD, senior lecturer at Lund University, Sweden. 

Ida Nafstad holds a PhD from the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo and has been employed at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, since 2013.