Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice

Hatfield College, Durham University, Thursday, 20th March 2014 - Friday, 21st March 2014

Increasingly at the forefront of global agendas, the relationship between law and politics plays a key role in providing guidance and legitimacy for peace agreements while also emphasising the complex political task of negotiation. Tension between peace and justice underlies efforts at peace making seen daily in Syria, Egypt, Sri Lanka, or Afghanistan. International actors acknowledge law's normative constraints on the practice of peace-making and mediation including on questions of consent, inclusivity and local ownership. However to date, academic scrutiny of the relationship remains scant as focus centres on facets such as human rights in peace agreements or setting transitional justice priorities.

Increasingly at the forefront of global agendas, the relationship between law and politics plays a key role in providing guidance and legitimacy for peace agreements while also emphasising the complex political task of negotiation. Tension between peace and justice underlies efforts at peace making seen daily in Syria, Egypt, Sri Lanka, or Afghanistan. International actors acknowledge law's normative constraints on the practice of peace-making and mediation including on questions of consent, inclusivity and local ownership. However to date, academic scrutiny of the relationship remains scant as focus centres on facets such as human rights in peace agreements or setting transitional justice priorities. Bringing together academics and practitioners, this conference interrogates the relationship between law and negotiation in conflict and post conflict environments. It centres on the tensions inherent in attempting to use law to regulate the political task of negotiation. It addresses the extent to which negotiation should be constrained by law, and the role law can play in providing underpinning principles such as legality and legitimacy.

This conference explores the role of negotiation in assisting the production and implementation of legal norms in diverse contexts. Using examples of recurring and yet highly topical themes forming the fault lines in the relationship between law and negotiation; violence, culture and gender, this conference initiates a conversation between academics and practitioners.

Speakers:

Mr Francesc Vendrell 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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