The topic of human rights and conflict transformation is not a new one. However, increasingly attention is being given to the lack of consideration of economic, social and cultural rights within peacebuilding. This one day knowledge exchange symposium to be held at Lancaster University Law School in Lancaster, UK on Wednesday 5th July 2017, is the second event of a collaborative project between the Quaker UN Office (QUNO), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley of Lancaster University Law School. The project aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of economic, social and cultural rights (ECSRs) in sustaining peace. In particular, we aim to:
- Assist in networking traditional and non-traditional actors in peacebuilding (including ESCRs actors)
- Advance innovative practice and thinking on peacebuilding and ESCRs
- Strengthen the relationship between academia, human rights actors and peacebuilding actors and expand space for dialogue about realising rights, building peace and resolving conflict across different institutions and sectors.
- Develop an enhanced and broader understanding amongst practitioners and academics of promising practices in the peacebuilding and economic and social rights fields.
Further information on the project can be found here.
This event will build on a previous workshop held in Geneva in February 2017 which brought together academics and representatives of peacebuilding and human rights organisations to identify the intersections between ESCRs and peacebuilding in theory, policy, and practice. As a result of this workshop, the need for further exploration of ideas and exchange of dialogue in order to strengthen mutual knowledge and understanding was clearly identified. With this in mind, the purpose of this symposium is to provide an opportunity for a wider group of academics and practitioners to present their research and experiences in relevant areas, to further enrich the debate and build upon the initial discussions.
The event will be organised around a number of panels where speakers will present their academic, practitioner and policy insights on a theme or experiences related to the central topic concerning ESCRs and Sustaining Peace, including but not limited to:
- Economic Crimes And Corruption
- Local /Grassroots Peacebuilding
- Gender /Women, Peace And Security
- Conflict Transformation
- Early Warning, Risk Analysis and Conflict Prevention
- Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
- Transitional Justice
- Non-State Actors (Including Business; NSAC)
- Structural Violence
- Human Security
- Discrimination/Vulnerable Groups
- Political Settlements/Legal Agreements
- Specific ESCRs in a peacebuilding context
- NB. Cross-cutting themes and presentations on particular case studies/ programme level experiences are also encouraged.
Time will be included within each panel session to ask questions and debate issues raised.
In the evening all symposium participants will be invited to attend supper on board The Kingfisher canal barge for a cruise through the countryside of Lancaster. There is a nominal fee of £25 per person for the evening cruise including dinner.
We look forward to receiving your abstract. Please submit a 200-500 word abstract to: email@example.com by Friday 26th May 2017.