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The Return of “Captain Moonlight” – Informal Justice in Northern Ireland

Monaghan, Rachel (2002) The Return of “Captain Moonlight” – Informal Justice in Northern Ireland. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 25 (1). pp. 41-56. [Journal article]

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In the working-class areas of Northern Ireland alternative forms of justice operatingin parallel to the State’s criminal justice system exist. This informal criminal justicesystem, administered by paramilitaries, includes threats, warnings, beatings, shootings,and executions. Informal justice mechanisms emerged in the early days of “theTroubles” and have continued to develop. This article maps the development ofinformal justice in both republican and loyalist areas of Northern Ireland and examinesthe ways in which paramilitaries “police” their communities and mete out“punishments.”

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Northern Ireland, informal justice, vigilantism, paramilitaries
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20411
Deposited By: Dr Rachel Monaghan
Deposited On:09 Nov 2011 13:51
Last Modified:09 Nov 2011 13:51

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