CRIC Research Seminar: The Transformative Potential of Human Rights in Conflict Resolution

CRIC Research Seminar: “The Transformative Potential of Human Rights in Conflict Resolution”


CRIC has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on the Transformative Potential of Human Rights in Conflict Resolution, with post.doc Michelle Parlevliet, June 6th 2016.

Readings and registration

The readings will be distributed prior to the seminar. If you wish to attend, please contact


The seminar is structured around Michelle Parlevliet's upcoming chapter for the book Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide (Routledge's Global Institutions Series), co-edited by Claudia Fuentes Julio and Paula Drumond (GSUM/BRICS policy centre), to be published in 2017.


This chapter sets out the relevance of considering human rights in the context of conflict resolution interventions and processes, arguing that doing so can enhance the transformative potential of such efforts. To this end, it explains how human rights concerns matter in the generation, manifestation, resolution and prevention of destructive conflict, drawing on empirical research from various authors. It suggests that a human rights perspective increases attention on structural conditions giving rise to such conflict, in particular the role of the state, systems of governance and issues of power. It notes how human rights standards and principles can contribute to the design of conflict resolution processes and the assessment of various options for resolution. The chapter however refrains from positioning ‘human rights’ as a panacea and acknowledges some challenges involved when linking human rights to conflict resolution and limitations of a narrow, legalistic, understanding of human rights in this context.

About research seminars at CRIC

The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper, and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.