Cusato, E. “Back to the Future? Confronting the Role(s) of Natural Resources in Armed Conflict Through the Lenses of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions” In International Community Law Review 19 (4-5): 373-400.
This article further explores the importance of understanding the role of natural resources in peacebuilding efforts aimed at preventing future resource-driven conflicts. In this context, applying a transitional justice approach to natural resources becomes crucial for sustainable and long-lasting peacebuilding, with Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) serving as vital tools to expand the focus of transitional justice from investigations of human rights violations to socio-economic inequalities regarding access to and extraction of natural resources. Through the case study of TRCs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the article outlines the correlation between natural resources and armed-conflict resolution and examines potential issues of TRC legitimacy and transparency.