Mainstreaming Women’s Rights in the Human Rights Council Special Procedures: The UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice and UN Security Council Resolution 1325

This post by Dr Catherine O’Rourke, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by IntLawGrrls on 27 February 2017. It addresses the integration of proliferating normative and legal activity to advance women’s rights in conflict under international law. One of the most significant contemporary developments in international law and its application to the […]

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Colombians’ Persistence in the Search for Peace: Interview with ‘Chocolate of Peace’ Producer

This blog post, by Nathalia Salamanca-Sarmiento, PhD Researcher – University of Edinburgh, presents an interview with Gwen Burnyeat, the producer and co-director of the documentary Chocolate of Peace. The discussion put in context the importance of ‘persistence’ in peace-building, considering that Colombia is now both implementing the peace agreement with FARC (an amended one was signed on 24th […]

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Top 10 Gender and Security Developments of 2016

 This post by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by Just Security on 6 January 2017. It addresses key developments in relation to gender and security that took place over 2016.  These developments and issues are not in any hierarchical order. They represent a broad […]

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Peace in Colombia?

This blog post by Gwen Burnyeat, Wolfson PhD scholar at UCL, was first published by the London Review of Books, on 1 December  2016. In this piece, Gwen comments on the recent development in the post-referendum context and the adoption of a new peace agreement in Colombia. The new peace accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed […]

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Plays well with others: Dangerous women at the peace table

This blog post by Laura Wise, PSRP researcher, was first published by the Dangerous Women Project on 4th November 2016. In this piece, Laura shows how women who negotiate peace deals are dangerous–not to the resolution of conflict but to the gendered history of war and diplomacy.  Negotiating peace is a difficult business. The dividends proposed […]

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Returning Chibok Schoolgirls: Measuring Costs and Addressing Stigma

This post by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by Just Securtity on 7 November 2016. It addresses the unseen costs and the sustained harms of women who have been been captured experience after their release. The high profile abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in […]

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On Selectivity, Virtual Reality and the Art of Non-debate: The United Nations Security Council Annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

This post by Dr Catherine O’Rourke,  from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, critically reflects on the recent United Nations Security Council Annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. One of the key criticisms of the inaugural UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security, UNSCR 1325 (2000), was the absence of accompanying […]

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Paying for peace in Presevo

This post by Laura Wise, PSRP researcher, was first published by Transconflict on 26 October 2016. It analyses the recent agreement on providing Albanian-language textbooks for schools in southern Serbia, and suggests that lessons have been learned from previous relations between Serbia’s Albanian minority, Kosovo, and Albania, and on the role that kin-states can play […]

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No war and no peace in Colombia and the Philippines

This post by Kristian Herbolzheimer, compares the Mindanao and Colombian peace negotiations and underlying political battles for public opinion in both the Filippino and Colombian contexts. This is the sixth of a series of blog posts related to the Colombian Peace Process. The peace processes of the Philippines and Colombia have both, in the past, been hailed as shining […]

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Transitional Justice Battlegrounds: Another Bad Week in Burundi

This blog post by Astrid Jamar, PSRP researcher, was first published by Justice in Conflict on 22 October 2016. It addresses the political context and recent developments in relations to transitional justice in Burundi. Transitional justice has been taken a number of worrying steps in Burundi. While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is preparing for public hearings addressing crimes […]

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