08 March 2013

Summer School 2013 on Transitional Justice:
Peace negotiations, peace mediation and influencing implementation: Engaging women and gender
17 - 21 June 2013, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

The Summer School is organised by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), and consists of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions. It is aimed at both postgraduate students and practitioners working in the field of transitional justice and human rights.

The Summer School will focus on the identification, training and presence of women and gendered perspectives in peace negotiations, peace mediation and ongoing post-conflict implementation. This five day residential course will offer participants a unique opportunity to understand:
• The legal framing and policy requirements mandating greater inclusiveness in peace processes and mediations of conflict
• The arguments for the representation of women in such processes and the barriers to representation of women
• The challenges to including gendered perspectives in negotiation, including greater understanding of men’s roles in conflict
• The capacity of positive masculinities to model change in conflict settings
• The capacity to identify the issues and mechanisms that most likely advance women and gender equality in change contexts. 
Participants will have access to the unique skills of the TJI’s gender experts, as well as an extraordinary local community of feminist activists who have been and remain deeply involved in conflict, transition and peace implementation in Northern Ireland. The academic component of the Summer School is also complemented by a social programme which provides the opportunity for participants to get to know a little about the local area. Social events include a tour of the North Coast, a murals tour in Belfast, film screenings and a Summer School dinner at Belfast Castle.

Programme outline

Day 1: The Law and Policy of Peace and War
Day 2: The United Nations Women Peace and Security Agenda
Day 3: Engaging in Active Peace Negotiations and Implementation
Day 4: The Skills Component: Arbitration, Negotiation & Agenda Setting
Day 5: Key Issues in Peace Making and Mediation (Amnesty, Truth Processes, Accountability and Institutional Reform).

Speakers confirmed
Professor Monica McWilliams (TJI)
Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain (TJI)
Dr Catherine O'Rourke (TJI)
Eilish Rooney (TJI)
Dr Aisling Swaine (TJI)
Dr Sari Kouvo (Afghanistan Analysts Network/Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Dr Khanyisela Moyo (TJI)

Reflecting differences in financial situation, fees for the summer school are broken into two categories. The fee for large organisations such as Universities, Government departments or intergovernmental organisations is £600. For smaller organisations, or self funding individuals it is £500. The course fee includes all course materials, lunch, social events and the Summer School dinner. There is an additional fee of £150 (6 nights) for those requiring accommodation (self-catering, ensuite).

Application process
The deadline for completed applications is 1 April 2013. Decisions will be communicated to successful applicants by 15 April 2013.
The application form and all travel information can be found here.

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