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Human Rights and Peacebuilding – Conflicting and Complementary

In 2015 Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), received a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, in the period 2015-2019. The research project, bearing the title ‘Human Rights and Peacebuilding – Conflicting and Complementary’, focuses on the relationship between human rights and peace building in relation to state building in conflict affected contexts.

The main research focus of the project is:

  • Generating new knowledge on the relationship between peacebuilding and human rights. Questions include
    • How can human rights and peacebuilding be conceptualised and devised as mutually reinforcing processes and what factors impact the dynamic relation between them?
    • How does the politics of human rights and peace-building play out at the level of global and national governance, and how does this impact the space for social change?
    • How can the cause-effect relationship be researched in complex environments?

 The main objective of the project is:

  • To seek to enhance our understanding of how international actors can most effectively engage in conflict affected countries in order to strengthen processes of human rights and peacebuilding

You can read more about the Human Rights and Peace-Building project here

Resolution of International Conflicts

The first grant was received for the period 2013-2016 from the Strategic Research Council (now, Innovation Fund Denmark), and marked the founding of the centre. The original project had four main focus areas:

  • The development of conflict theory
  • Collective memory in protracted conflicts
  • Third party options during escalation of conflicts
  • The sociology of expertise

You can read more about the 'Resolution of International Conflicts' project here