We are professionalizing “Post-Conflict” transitions.

Like you, we understand that transitioning a society from conflict to stability is the hardest single task facing our field.  Where others have failed, our graduates will succeed.

The Hague, The Netherlands
July 9 – July 30, 2016


At the 2016 The Hague Symposium, in cooperation with Clingendael Institute, you will grapple with the “wicked questions” around post-conflict transitions and international justice that continue to challenge policymakers, scholars, and practitioners.  By learning about available mechanisms, options, and theories, you will gain a cross-sectoral perspective and a new way of thinking about why some transitions succeed where others fail.

In an intense and academically rigorous three weeks of interactive lecture, discussion, and experiential education led by the field’s foremost political leaders, scholars, practitioners, and advocates, you will contextualize the issues that drive these wicked questions, discover ways to make sense of the complexities of post-conflict transitions, and anticipate appropriate means for breaking the cycles of violence and vengeance so that those who have been victimized by human rights violations find justice. You will gain a deeper understanding of the concepts, controversies, and institutions surrounding the implementation of post-conflict strategies, including security, justice, political, and social mechanisms.  You will examine which elements have contributed to success and which to failure, as well as gain a thorough understanding of the interplay between dynamics that can and cannot be controlled in a given scenario.

All participants will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice” upon completion of the course.  Participants  who choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments will have the opportunity to earn a  Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice with Distinction.”

2016 Keynote Speaker: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
ICC sentences Congolese militia leader Katanga to 12 yearsGambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda, who reached the pinnacle of international justice when she became chief prosecutor at the world’s war crimes court, has a reputation as a dogged investigator. The first woman and the first African to head the team of prosecutors, Bensouda has vowed to work for justice for Africans. Earlier in her career, she carved out a reputation in legal circles for her investigations of atrocities such as the Rwandan genocide and the use of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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