Publications |

Publications récentes

Crime and Compensation in North Africa

Crime and Compensation in North Africa

A Social Anthropology Essay

Yazid Ben Hounet
Londres,  Palgrave Macmillan, 2021,  141 p.

As the 21st century began, Algeria, Morocco, and North Sudan launched some much-publicised “reconciliation” policies, or, in the case of North Sudan, “pacification” policies. Algeria, following its Clemency policy (1995) and Civil Concord Law (1999), held a referendum in 2005 and subsequently implemented the measures of its Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation. This charter is Algeria’s latest policy aimed at settling the accounts of a murderous decade (1990s) between the state and armed Islamic groups. In Morocco, an arbitration committee was set up in 1999, followed by the Equity and Reconciliation Commission in 2004, to turn the page on the “Years of Lead”—a period during the rule of King Hassan II during which state crimes such as torture, imprisonment, and murder were committed. Finally, in Sudan (North Sudan since 2011), peace negotiations were held in 1989 and a peace process has been ongoing since 2005, with an aim to resolve violent conflicts and war crimes that are shaking Darfur and North Kordofan. At the centre of all these reconciliation and pacification mechanisms lies a practice that has been scarcely studied: (monetary) compensation for the crimes committed.

Shedding light on this under-studied topic from the North African field, this volume investigates: What meanings can compensation have when it is aimed at repairing crimes? Is it necessary, sufficient, or admissible? How can it be implemented and accepted by the victims themselves and by society? These questions about compensation lead the reader through discussions on the nature of crime, punishment, reparation, reconciliation, and the way these concepts were and are now understood in these three North African countries.

ISBN : 978-3-030-70905-1
Fiche éditeur :

Pour citer ce document

, «Crime and Compensation in North Africa», las [En ligne], Publications récentes, Publications, mis à jour le : 18/10/2021
, URL :
Collège de France
Labex TransferS
PSL Research University

flux rss  Actualités

Calendrier du LAS

Intranet (WikiLAS)


Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale
52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 27 17 32