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After the Spring

Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut

After the Spring
  • Year of publication 2012
  • 307 pages
Author:Johannes Wheeldon
Categories: Law Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Criminology General
Law International law
Law Law (general)
Icon_ebook 978‐94‐6094‐566‐3 | ebook | € 36.99 / $ 49.93 / £ 39.20

The protests that have sparked a generational revolution in Tunisia and Egypt have spread far and wide and renewed past efforts to replace authoritarian regimes with democratic institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This book argues a central aspect of democratization includes reforming the justice system. Focusing on probation, it proposes a three-tier model to understand efforts to reform penal practices, develop community-based alternatives to punishments, and promote the greater participation of society. By leveraging the experience of justice reform in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), including Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and specifically Latvia, this book presents development projects themselves as central sites of deliberation and debate. The book is based in part on interviews with UK, US, and Canadian scholars involved in justice reform projects in both the FSU and MENA. Although critical in its view of the law and economic development models of the past, this book argues justice reform projects offer a means to model the values that serve as the cornerstone of all democratic practices.

Target group

This publication is aimed at criminologists, political scientists and legal scholars.

Author's information

Dr. Johannes Wheeldon (LL.M, Ph.D) holds degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of Durham, and Simon Fraser University. He worked at AUCC between 2002-2005 and has since worked for the American Bar Association, George Mason University, and the Center for Justice Law and Development.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science and Criminology at Washington State University and teaches Philosophy to inmates at the Coyote Ridge Correctional Center.

Journal of Baltic Studies 2014

review by Lavinia Stana, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish NS, Canada

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