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Latest PSRP publication on the return of Myanmar’s displaced people

04 Oct

The PSRP today publishes its latest working paper on Myanmar and the return of displaced people.

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Professor Ní Aoláin Started UN Special Rapporteur Appointment

08 Aug

PSRP researcher Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (TJI, University of Ulster) started her appointment as UN Special Rapporteur at the beginning of August. She is the new Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

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PSRP edited volume on ‘political settlements’ published

24 Jul

In collaboration with ODI, DLP Birmingham and ESID, PSRP has published a special issue on ‘political settlements’ in the Journal of International Development.

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Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit now available in Arabic and Spanish

27 Jun

The Transitional Justice Institute launched its Grassroots Toolkit's Arabic and Spanish translations at the Gender, Conflict and Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism: International, Regional and Local Dimensions Summer School earlier this month.

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New Accord Reports on peace processes in Afghanistan and Colombia published

26 Jun

PSRP consortium partner Conciliation Resources published two new Accord Reports in June.

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Professor Ní Aoláin Appointed UN Special Rapporteur

26 Jun

We congratulate PSRP researcher Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin to her appointment as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism at the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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New report launched by British Academy with PSRP Programme Director

06 Jun

Professor Christine Bell, Programme Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme at the Global Justice Academy, is lead author in a major new report launched today by the British Academy in London.

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PSRP Director Professor Christine Bell’s chapter is published in ICTJ’s new book

15 May

The International Center for Transitional Justice launched Monday 15 May 2017 the edited book and research report: Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies.

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PSRP researchers take part in consultation on UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

11 May

PSRP researchers Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dr Catherine O'Rourke submitted written responses to the consultation process of the LSE's Centre for Women, Peace and Security. The consultation provided an opportunity for academics to give feedback on the UK government's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

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PSRP present latest research at International conference on Gender and Feminist Institutionalism

10 May

The Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) recently led a panel event at an International Conference, Gender, Institutions and Change Conference - Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years, held in the University of Manchester. PSRP researchers, working on the Gender theme within the programme, delivered this contribution to the conference.

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PSRP Researcher Awarded Best Dissertation Prize

26 Apr

Dr. Sanja Badanjak has been awarded the European Union Studies Association Best Dissertation Prize.

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PSRP Researcher Fionnuala Ní Aoláin in Ramallah

13 Apr

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, supported by PSRP and a Senior Research Fellowship from Ulster University, was in Ramallah for fieldwork in the Occupied Territories.

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New Accord Report on the Peace Process in Nepal

04 Apr

On Monday 3 April, PSRP and Coalition Resources launched a new ACCORD issue on the peace process in Nepal, at an event at the SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London.

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PSRP Reception at ISA 2017

23 Feb

PSRP hosted a reception at ISA 2017

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Christine Bell at the UN and Carnegie discussing Sequencing Peace Agreements & Constitutions

22 Feb

Professor Christine Bell was at the UN and Carnegie discussing Sequencing Peace Agreements and Constitutions

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New Report is Launched: International Gender Equality Norms and the Local Peacemaking Political Settlement

17 Feb

Dr Catherine O'Rourke's new working paper is available now. It considers the relationship of international gender equality norms to the treatment of gender in local peacemaking political settlements through the case study of the recent Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice on Northern Ireland.

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Diverse coalitions are important in peace processes, says PSRP Director Christine Bell

06 Nov

Professor Christine Bell was speaking at the International Peace Institute in New York, about the role of women in peace processes.

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Professor Ní Aoláin Elected to the American Law Institute

25 Oct

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (TJI) has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

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PSRP Director, Christine Bell, publishes new book on Transitional Justice

13 Oct

Chapter One from the forthcoming 'Transitional Justice' (Routledge, 2017) can now be read and downloaded for free.

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PSRP Special Edition Articles on Constitution-Making in Times of Transition now available

11 Oct

The PSRP team have published a series of articles on constitution-making and political settlements - all available to read and download now as part of the Edinburgh Law School Research Paper Series..

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PSRP Researcher, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin: Implications for Colombia’s Peace Process from a Feminist Perspective

11 Oct

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain's work on gender and peace agreements has been cited in a Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog on the Colombian peace process.

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PSRP’s Reactions on the Colombian Peace Deal Referendum

05 Oct

In response to the Colombian peace deal referendum results, PSRP's Jan Pospisil investigates reasons behind its rejection in the fourth PSRP blog on the Colombia process entitled 'Colombia: Don’t they want peace?'

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Opportunity to work with Conciliation Resources and the Political Settlements Research Programme

21 Sep

Conciliation Resources is recruiting an Issue Editor to work on the 4th publication in their Accord Insight series, which will look at conflict dynamics and peace processes in borderland areas. This Accord project is part of PSRP.

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Edinburgh study shows sexual violence in war has complex and lasting effect

20 Sep

Survivors of sexual violence in war zones suffer long lasting consequences, such as physical injury, mental trauma and social stigma, wide-ranging research suggests.

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Spotlight on PSRP Measurement Workshop in Denver released by ISS

23 Aug

The Institute for Security Studies has now published a 'Spotlight' edition on the high-level Workshop and discussions that took place in May 2016.

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Conciliation Resources are Recruiting for the Political Settlements Research Programme!

06 Jul

Conciliation Resources is recruiting an Issue Editor to work on the 27th publication in their Accord series, which will look at peace and transition in Afghanistan. This Accord project is part of PSRP.

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PSRP Summer School at TJI: Ambassador Verveer’s Speech, and a letter of support from Hillary Clinton

28 Jun

Ambassador Melanne Verveer delivers keynote speech in Belfast and presents TJI with a letter of support from Hillary Clinton

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Global Justice Academy confirms seven PSRP scholarships for upcoming Summer School

15 Jun

The Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a Summer School this month as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme, and is delighted to introduce seven scholarship recipients.

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PSRP Researcher, Monica McWilliams, Co-authors Report on Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland

08 Jun

Professor McWilliams (TJI) is a member of the three-person panel whose report on paramilitarisim in Northern Ireland has been published by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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PSRP Research Referenced in New IFE-EFI Paper on Gender and Constitutionalism

02 Jun

Work by Christine Bell, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, and Catherine O'Rourke informs new work on gender sensitive constitution-making

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PSRP Partner Confirms Five Scholarships for Upcoming Summer School in Belfast

01 Jun

The Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University is hosting a Summer School this month as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme, and is delighted to introduce five scholarship recipients.

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PSRP Report on Stabilisation in Somalia is launched in Nairobi

16 May

PSRP consortium partner, the Rift Valley Institute, has launched its latest programme report on Stabilisation in Somalia at an event in Nairobi.

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PSRP’s TJI Announces Masters Scholarships

16 May

PSRP consortium partner, the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, have announced scholarship opportunities for candidates on their 2016-17 LLM Programmes.

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Support from around the world to Burundian Scholars and their Freedom of Thought

14 Apr

In reaction to the political and security crisis affecting Burundi for the past year, more than sixty scholars from across the world have expressed their support to their Burundian colleagues and their freedom of thought.

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PSRP partner, Conciliation Resources, hosting Lab research this week

13 Apr

Consortium member, Conciliation Resources, is hosting two Lab sessions this week as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme. Conciliation Resources co-ordinates the Transformation theme of PSRP, which includes six different research projects.

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PSRP returns to US Congress for briefing on gender and transitional justice

12 Apr

PSRP Researcher, Dr Catherine O'Rourke (TJI) will be participating in a briefing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress on Friday 15 April 2016.

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PSRP at ‘Truly Historic’ House Hearing on Women and Security

30 Mar

PSRP Researcher, Professor Monica McWilliams (Transitional Justice Institute), has testified before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, at a hearing that 'put a crucial topic squarely on the agenda of one of the most prominent committees in Congress.'

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PSRP Researcher, Monica McWilliams, to give evidence to Congress

21 Mar

PSRP Researcher, Professor Monica McWilliams (Transitional Justice Institute), has been invited to give testimony evidence to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

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PSRP at World Conference on Humanitarian Studies

16 Mar

PSRP researcher Jan Pospisil presented on relief governance and its interrelation with political settlements at the International Humanitarian Studies Association took in Addis Ababa

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New PSRP Publications & Presentations Available Now!

22 Feb

PSRP publishes new report, new briefing paper, and new presentation. Read and download now!

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New PSRP Briefing Paper on Eastern Congo available now!

08 Feb

'The Ebb and Flow of Stabilization in the Congo' by Rift Valley Institute's Hugo de Vries is now available in our Library.

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PSRP’s Monica McWilliams advises women on their role in Syrian peace talks

02 Feb

TJI's Monica McWilliams features in BBC report on the role of women in current Syrian peace talks

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Third in RVI blog series on Armed Groups PSRP Research Now Available

21 Jan

The third blog in a six-part series from RVI on PSRP Armed Conflict Research is now available

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New PSRP Publications Now Available

21 Jan

This week, the Political Settlements Research Programme has published a range of new outputs. All of these are available to read and download for free here.

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New Student Blog Published for PSRP on Women, Peace, and Security

19 Jan

Last semester, the Political Settlements Research Programme was delighted to welcome Madeleine Rees to Edinburgh to deliver the 2015 Chrystal Macmillan Lecture. Rosie Ireland has penned an opinion piece on Madeleine's visit for the Global Justice Academy Blog.

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PSRP PA-X Women Database is a Featured UN Women Resource

18 Jan

The Political Settlements Research Programme is delighted to report that its Women and Peace Agreement Database (PA-X Women) is now a Featured Resource on the UN Women website.

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PSRP Masculinities Research Features on Local TV

18 Jan

Masculinities, Violence, and (Post-)Conflict Conference appears on local TV

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PSRP Briefing Paper sur L’Est du Congo Disponible en Français

18 Jan

L’Institut Rift Valley vient de publier son premier PSRP Briefing Paper sur son travail entrepris en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)

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PSRP Researcher, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, blogs on Human Rights Prosecutions in Guatemala

13 Jan

In a post for Just Security, PSRP Researcher Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Transitional Justice Institute and Minnesota Law School) blogs on the prosecution of historic human rights violations in Guatemala.

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New PSRP Partner Publication from RVI: ‘The Impact of War on Somali Men’.

12 Jan

PSRP partner RVI to present 'The Impact of War on Somali Men' at upcoming Masculinities workshop at TJI Belfast

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New Summary Resource Available on UNSCR 1325, Informed by PSRP Research

07 Jan

UN Women launches a new resource on the review of UNSCR 1325, which was heavily informed by PSRP research.

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PSRP Researcher, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Summarises the Top Gender and Security Moments of 2015

06 Jan

In her latest post for Just Security, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Transitional Justice Institute and Minnesota Law School) summarises the top gender and security moments of 2015.

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Second in RVI blog series on Armed Groups PSRP Research Now Available

21 Dec

Second blog in a six-part series from RVI on PSRP Armed Conflict Research is now available

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New Blog on Armed Groups in DRC (Rift Valley Institute)

14 Dec

First Blog in six-part series on Armed Groups in the DRC: ''Re-reading' the motivations of an attack of the Mai-Mai milicias in Misis'

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Blog series on ‘Armed Groups and Local Governance in the Eastern DRC’ Launched by RVI/PSRP

14 Dec

RVI's Usalama II Project launched it's six-part blog series on armed actors in Eastern DRC featuring life stories, field notes and analysis from research sites.

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New Research: Armed Actors and Political Settlements in DRC

11 Dec

We are delighted to announce the publication of a briefing paper on armed actors and political settlements in the DRC. This paper launches a forthcoming series of publications by RVI for the PSRP, and will be the first of a set of briefing papers, blogs and reports on political settlements and armed actors, based on a case study of the DRC.

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New Political Settlements LISTSERV network: SIGN UP NOW!

10 Dec

Are you a political settlements practitioner? Join the PSRP LISTSERV today and get in touch with the community.

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New publication on Political Settlements available!

09 Dec

Dr Gray (UoE) published 'Access Orders and the ‘New’ New Institutional Economics of Development' expanding on the idea of 'limited access'.

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New PSRP Reports Available Now

08 Dec

A number of new PSRP reports are now available for immediate, open, and free download from our publications library.

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PSRP Launches PA-X Women Database

27 Nov

We launched out PA-X Women and Gender Database detailing clauses relating to women, gender and sexual violence from over 100 different constituencies.

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Christine Bell’s (PSRP) Lecture on Human Rights and Northern Ireland Available Online!

25 Nov

Christine Bell's lecture on 'The Role of Human Rights in Peace Settlements' available online now!

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PSRP Research Informs UN Women Review of UNSCR 1325

13 Oct

We are proud to announce that PSRP research informed the high-level review of UNSCR 1325.

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PSRP Welcomes the Global Study on UNSCR 1325

12 Oct

Global Study of UNSC Resolution 1325 features PSRP Research substantially, including work from researchers at GJA, TJI and CR.

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Speakers Announced for 2016 Summer School

07 Oct

The Speakers for the Global Justice Academy Summer School 2016, ‘Inclusive Political Settlements: the Theory and Practice of Transforming Conflict’, have been announced!

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View our projects by country!

06 Oct

PSRP projects span 18 countries, see what research is conducted on each here!

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Monica McWilliams [TJI] speaks at Georgetown Symposium

01 Oct

PSRP team member Monica McWilliams (TJI) spoke at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, as part of a symposium on women's political participation in peace processes.

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PSRP Research featured by Southern African NGO Network

29 Sep

Highlights of a PSRP working paper by ISS researcher Amanda Lucey featured on SANGONeT's NGO Pulse.

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Transitional Justice Institute: Dealing with the Legacy of the Past

18 Sep

This week PSRP consortium member Transitional Justice Institute participated in the launches of two reports at Stormont in Belfast, both of which address the difficulties of dealing with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland.

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PSRP Welcomes Special Issue on Local Realities of Law and Justice

10 Sep

We welcome the publication of an Open Access Special Issue from the London School of Economics' Justice and Security Research Programme

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Monica McWilliams [TJI] on Peacebuilding in Syria

10 Sep

See the BCC Interview with Monica McWilliams from TJI speaking on Syria.

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Political Settlements PhD Scholarship Available!

09 Sep

A scholarship is available to start in January 2016, supported by funding from UK Aid (DFID) through the Political Settlements Research Programme at the Global Justice Academy, and Edinburgh Law School.

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PSRP’s First Newsletter!

08 Sep

The first newsletter from the Political Settlements Research Programme is now available!

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Political Settlements Practice Lab in Kathmandu, Nepal

03 Sep

Over two days in April, 35 participants comprising Nepali experts, policymakers, civil society and international partners, attended and addressed questions relating to how Nepalis see their political settlement, what the ‘real power-map’ looks like, how non-elites have influenced change, and the role of violence in maintaining the current settlement.

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin [TJI]: The Gendered Dimension of High-Stakes Security Diplomacy – The Iran Deal from Another Perspective

27 Aug

In a guest blog post with Just Security, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin from the Transitional Justice Institute expands on the role of women as mediators in the Iran Deal.

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PRSP Welcomes New Open-Access Journal

19 Aug

PRSP welcomes the launch of the open-access journal Governance in Africa, which offers original, peer-reviewed, research with a contemporary focus on governance, and related themes, in Africa.

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Monica McWilliams to address Negotiating and Mediation in Syria

18 Aug

From 28 August - 2 September 2015, PSRP team-member Monica McWilliams (TJI) will address an event on Inclusive Peacebuilding & in Syria: Promoting Consensus Across Ethnic and Religious divides.

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New Resources from PSRP!

13 Aug

Launching our virtual learning forum on the topic of political settlements, we just posted three new items on the resources page.

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Gendering Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution Summer School: PSRP Event!

01 Aug

A Summer School entitled Gendering Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigation, Reparations and Communal Repair took place on June 22-26 hosted by the TJI in Belfast, and supported by the PSRP as part of its capacity building mission.

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Political Settlements presented at Austrian Development Agency

19 Jul

As part of ADA’s working group on state fragility, Dr Jan Pospisil presented the Political Settlement Research Programme to an Austrian expert audience.

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Political Settlements and Constitutions in an Uncertain World

15 Jul

From 1-3 July 2015, more than 200 academics and practitioners from around the world came together at the second Conference of the International Society for Public Law (ICON-S) to discuss 'Public Law in an Uncertain World'.

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RVI’s Research Project on Public Authority and Armed Groups

10 Jul

PSRP Consortium Member, the Rift Valley Institute, held a two-day researcher training workshop in Bukavu, eastern DRC. From July 6-7 RVI gathered ten researchers to prepare them for their upcoming research on public authority and armed actors in the two Kivu provinces.

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Political Settlements and Gender: PSRP Round Table

03 Jul

On 29 June 2015, a round-table was held at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) to discuss political settlements and gender.

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Political Violence Summer School: PRSP event!

01 Jul

From June 24 to 26, 2015, PSRP researchers organised and participated in an innovative new summer school on political violence. Together with the TJI summer school this launched a series of summer schools to run throughout the programme, dealing with issues relating to political settlements.

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Measuring Transformation: PSRP presents at University of Oxford

05 Jun

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society through Professor Denis Galligan hosted a two-day workshop on ‘The Science of Constitutions: Measures of Success and Failure’, to explore the factors that determine successful constitution-making.

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Political Settlements, Gender and Occupation: TJI post-grad symposium

15 May

More than forty postgraduates, researchers, scholars, practitioners, and members of the Belfast community came together for a post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender on Friday, 8 May 2015

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