Event: Transitional Justice Institute Summer School on Peace Negotiations, Peace Mediation and Influencing Implementation: Engaging Gender

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from  Professor Fionnuala Ni Aoláin. Professor Ní Aoláin is concurrently a professor of law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is co-founder and associate director of the Transitional Justice Institute. She can be contacted at f.niaolain[at]ulster.ac.uk

The Annual TJI Summer School takes places at Dalriada House, on the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster from June 17-21 2013.

This year 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 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; as well as identifying the issues and mechanisms that most likely advance women and gender equality in change contexts.

The faculty teaching the summer school includes Professor Monica McWilliams (TJI), Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain (Harvard Law School & TJI), Dr. Catherine O’ Rourke (TJI), Dr. Aisling Swaine (TJI), Jane Gordon (Independent Gender Expert), Dr. Sari Kovo (the Afghanistan Analysts Network), Dr. Khanyasela Moyo (TJI), and Eilish Rooney (TJI).   In addition to providing a substantial intellectual experience for participants the summer school will have a strong practical and skills component, with emphasis on field experience and practical negotiation skills.

Full details are at: http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/documents/TJISummerSchool_000.pdf. Application forms can be accessed at tjisummerschool@ulster.ac.uk