International Seminar on Human Rights and Peace-Building - Hosted by CRIC and Danish Institute for Human Rights – University of Copenhagen

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International Seminar on Human Rights and Peace-Building - Hosted by CRIC and Danish Institute for Human Rights

Time: November 17th, 9 – 16

Place: Alexandersalen,  Bispetorvet 1-3, 1167 Copenhagen K

The seminar will explore the relation between human rights and peace-building. We will zoom in on the sometimes conflicting, sometimes complementary relation between the two processes and for example look at the impact of transitional justice and constitution-building on peace-building, and at the way human rights has been addressed in peace negotiations and as part of broader peace processes. The seminar brings together researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners for in-depths discussions on how to strengthen both human rights and peace-building processes in countries affected by armed conflict.


9:00-12:00 Session 1: The ‘State of the Art’ - the linkages between Human Rights and Peace-Building

  • Michelle Parlevliet, PhD, Research Fellow, CRIC: Embracing concurrent realities: Revisiting the Relationship between human rights and conflict resolution
  • Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh:  Peace Processes and Human Rights: A Twenty-five Year Circular History
  • Alan Keenan, Senior Analyst and Sri Lanka Project Director, International Crisis Group:  Reflections on the challenges to integrating human rights and peace-building over the past decade in Sri Lanka
  • Discussant and Chair: Graeme Simpson, Senior Adviser to the Director General of Interpeace

12:00-13:00 Lunch: Sandwiches will be served to all participants

13:00-16:00 Session 2: Human Rights policy, programming and practice in conflict affected countries – and its impact on processes of peace-building and state-building

  • Chandra Lekha Sriram, Professor of International Law & International Relations, Uni. of East-London: Peacemaking, peacebuilding, transitional justice and rule of law: Circling the square?
  • Rohan Edrisinha, Governance Adviser to UNDP, Sri Lanka: The challenges of post peace agreement constitution making in South Asia (Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar)
  • Ben Majekodunmi, Senior Human Rights Officer, Political, Peace-keeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights Unit, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General (TBC): The essence of UN failures to prevent crises and their terrible cost; and the solutions sought through the Human Rights up Front initiative
  • Discussant and Chair: Mie Roesdahl, PhD Fellow, Centre for Resolution of International Conflict (CRIC) and Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)


To sign up, please send an email to CRIC, Jacob Didia Jensen on