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Negotiating Justice: human rights and peace agreements

With the Transitional Justice Institute and International Council of Human Rights Policy

Speakers:  Professor Christine Bell, Professor Colm Campbell, Professor Conor Gearty and Susan McCrory (chair)
Wednesday 14 March 2007

Abstract

What kind of dilemmas and trade-offs do negotiators and peace mediators face when they try to negotiate justice against a background of violence and disorder? Is respect for human rights a help or a hindrance in securing a lasting political solution to a country's problems? The report of the International Council and Human Rights Policy launched at this lunchtime seminar addresses these issues. It argues that human rights can make a practical and positive contribution to many areas of conflict resolution, during both the negotiation and the implementation of peace agreements. Discussion at the seminar will cover the tricky problem of the rights of forcibly displaced persons, and will also address both the challenge of ending impunity and the particular difficulties of implementing human rights measures.

Christine Bell is Associate Director of the Transitional Justice Institute, and Professor of Public International Law at University of Ulster.

Colm Campbell is Director of the Transitional Justice Institute and Professor of Law at University of Ulster.

Conor Gearty is Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE.

Susan McCrory is former Research Director of the International Council of Human Rights Policy.

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