"This is that rare book that systematically examines how ordinary people respond to the transitional justice enacted in their name. Bert Ingelaere s multisited and multimethod ethnography is a model for how to get at local understandings of grassroots mechanisms. His findings suggest cautionary lessons for anyone interested in making postconflict justice and reconciliation more community-based."
Lars Waldorf, University of York
"Among numerous publications on the subject, this is the most rigorous and reliable. It has much to say about the difficulties of reconciliation politics ... Essential." Choice Magazine
Bert Ingelaere’s Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice after Genocide stands out from existing analyses for the methodological rigor on which it is based, and his resulting lucid insights into people’s quotidian experiences with the gacaca process. ... Those familiar with the region and scholarly debates will recognize that Ingelaere’s work emerges from a deep knowledge of the history, culture, and political dynamics of Rwanda, and will appreciate the fine-grained detail ... If you are to read only one book about Rwanda’s gacaca courts, you would do well to select this one. Kristin C. Doughty, University of Rochester
"Based on extraordinary field research and close observation of the gacaca proceedings, Bert Ingelaere's study distinguishes itself not only for the rich empirical work but also for its nuanced analysis. He attends both to the top-down force of the state and to the practical, decentralized ways in which Rwandans manage their everyday lives. The book is an excellent example of in-depth place-based research that focuses on human rights issues of transnational concern."
Scott Straus, University of Wisconsin
"This masterful study provides a balanced, nuanced assessment of Rwanda's local courts, showing how diverse social dynamics influenced both the operations of gacaca and its outcomes in different local communities. Essential reading for anyone interested in transitional justice and conflict resolution, in Rwanda and beyond."
Catharine Newbury, Smith College