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Conceptualization to Application: Reflections on a Week Exploring International Criminal Justice Mechanisms


  Jennifer MacNeill (US) It is one thing to sit in a classroom for weeks, months - years even, and learn about concepts such as “restorative and retributive justice”, “frameworks”, and “alternatives to state building”…It [...]

Conceptualization to Application: Reflections on a Week Exploring International Criminal Justice Mechanisms2017-09-01T16:46:00+00:00

Prosecutorial Strategies in an International Context


  Ojo Osaigbovo (Nigeria/Australia) The debate regarding the efficacy of punitive versus restorative justice has been an increasingly central one in global political discourse. As a proponent of a punitive form of post-war transitional justice [...]

Prosecutorial Strategies in an International Context2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

On Bureaucrats and Monsters


(Sarah Littisha Jansen, Canada)  To hear David Crane, former founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, tell it, one would understand that the greatest insult he ever received was when Thabo Mbeki [...]

On Bureaucrats and Monsters2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

IPSI’s 2015 Visit to the ICTY


Alpana Modi (Australia) The last 24 hours on the ICTY have been highly educational – dining with an interpreter of the ICTY, attending the hearing of Ratko Mladić at the ICTY and having a question [...]

IPSI’s 2015 Visit to the ICTY2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…


by Leenat Jilani, Canada Yesterday our class had the great privilege of hearing from Joyce Neu, a conflict resolution specialist and the first team leader of United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts. However, it was [...]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

In the Pursuit of Justice


Benita Sumita (India) International justice is a powerful and powerless word simultaneously. It means all and nothing as I have come to see and understand it in the last couple of days of learning about [...]

In the Pursuit of Justice2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

You Think You Know Statebuilding?


Daniel Holmes (Canada)  Forget everything you thought you knew about statebuilding. The esteemed Dr. Robert Lamb challenged the class with the most difficult and frustrating lesson to date. As the day started, Dr. Lamb led [...]

You Think You Know Statebuilding?2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

Reflections on the Balkan Condition


Elfrid Pati (Albania) It is three days since the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, and as I sit in a boat-turned-outdoors seating for a restaurant I’ve recently grown fond of on one of The [...]

Reflections on the Balkan Condition2017-09-01T16:46:01+00:00

The Right of Resistance


by Giovanna Maselli, Guatemala "Most of what we commonly call women’s history is actually the history of women’s roles in the development of nonviolent action.” –Pam Mcallister   Dr. Mary E. King opened today’s session [...]

The Right of Resistance2017-09-01T16:46:02+00:00

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change


by Kareem Bessisso, Palestine We began the day with Dr. Maciej Bartkowski who provided us with a thorough introduction to the origins and ideas that underlie the modern practice of civil resistance. The roots of [...]

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change2017-09-01T16:46:02+00:00

Post Conflict Peace Building


by Carol Grojean, United States  In 1982 the danger of nuclear annihilation  seemed to have been eased but there were many other challenges going on in the world: Geopolitical corruption Religious Ideology Spheres of influence [...]

Post Conflict Peace Building2017-09-01T16:46:02+00:00

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty


by Maria Winters DiMarco, United States This week we have had the privilege of being trained in negotiation tactics by Wilbur Perlot, director of the Clingendael Academy. As a communications professional, I am fascinated with [...]

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty2017-09-01T16:46:02+00:00

Discovering the Real ICC


  Auriane Botte (France) Day 4 was entirely dedicated to the International Criminal Court (ICC). As I am passionate about the ICC and International Criminal Justice, this day promised to be full of exciting discoveries [...]

Discovering the Real ICC2017-09-01T16:46:02+00:00

Restorative and Retributive Justice: Where Do We Stand?


Elysa Hogg (Canada) The theme of today’s classes was ‘Mapping the Fields of Restorative and Retributive Justice.’ Within the first five minutes of the morning Dr. Tom Zwart distributed several international court scenarios for us [...]

Restorative and Retributive Justice: Where Do We Stand?2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Fearless Innovation


Laura Steele (Australia) After diving headfirst into fixing the post-conflict situation in Libya, guided and inspired by the highly accomplished and somewhat hard-core transition specialist and practitioner Audra Dykman, the scene was set early on [...]

Fearless Innovation2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

What is Your Theory of Change?


Benita Sumita (India) “A man who wants to move a mountain does so by carrying away small stones at a time,” Confucius There is no doubt that the 2015 Hague Symposium is about the big [...]

What is Your Theory of Change?2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Negotiation and Empathy


by Janine Bressmer, Germany/Canada  In today’s session of the IPSI Bologna Symposium we had the pleasure of meeting and learning from Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Institute, a Dutch Institute of International [...]

Negotiation and Empathy2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Putting the Just in Justice


Nathan Williams JP (Australia) The International Peace and Security Institute’s 10th Hague Symposium began with a dinner at the Rootz Restaurant attended by esteemed guest speaker Justice Richard Goldstone. Justice Goldstone was the first Chief Prosecutor [...]

Putting the Just in Justice2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Discontinuous Shifts


by Carol Grojean, United States Crossing the chasm of paradigm shifts can be tough for leaders. In conflict management, how can we help leaders move away from the model of aggression-to-violence-to-win or lose at the [...]

Discontinuous Shifts2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

How does one quantify peace?


Leo Lou, China/United States    How does one quantify peace? What credible databases concerning conflicts, safety, military, or crime statistics should one throw into the mix to construct the “formula for peace”? How do countries get compared [...]

How does one quantify peace?2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Building bridges for peace


by Shagufta Hayat, Pakistan Participants coming from diverse backgrounds, origins and cultures widen the message of coming together for a cause, to understand and respect each other’s norms, values and traditions. In a larger perspective [...]

Building bridges for peace2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Embracing complexity


by Ben Collard, Australia Today we heard from the Bologna Symposium's keynote speaker, Lieutenant-General (retd.) Roméo Dallaire. The General is a former Artillery officer, a position that encompasses a variety of roles, the primary one [...]

Embracing complexity2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

“We stumbled into a new era”


by George A. Stairs, Canada With that, The Honourable Lt-Gen. (Rtd.) Roméo Dallaire launched into his description of the “New World Disorder,” the state of affairs existing in the post-Cold War world where the previous [...]

“We stumbled into a new era”2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Putting Peacebuilding to the Test


Zunaira Malik, United States of America Take thirty six individuals: lawyers, students, and practitioners, train them in transitional justice and pragmatic peacebuilding, and then put them to the test. This has been our life for [...]

Putting Peacebuilding to the Test2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Searching the Soul for Peace


by Raghda Abu-Shala, Palestine    When we first arrived at the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium each participant was asked to choose one training day to write a blog post reflecting our thoughts on what we [...]

Searching the Soul for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

Experiences in Knowledge and Training


by Mojdeh Abtahi, Iran We concluded the second week of the 2014 Bologna Symposium with Clingendael Institute Deputy Director Wilbur Perlot as well as Alvaro de Soto, a career diplomat who has held senior positions [...]

Experiences in Knowledge and Training2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action


by Punya Bagga, India/Canada As we moved into our third week of the symposium, we were introduced to a form of conflict resolution, or more appropriately, a different way of waging conflict: nonviolent action. Hailing [...]

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action2017-09-01T16:46:03+00:00

La verità, niente di più sovversivo


by Claire Connellan, Austrailia    On Thursday, as our third week at the Bologna Symposium neared its end, we began the first of two days of presentations by Jack Duvall, Dr. Maciej Bartkowski and Dr. [...]

La verità, niente di più sovversivo2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Simulation Preparations with Wilbur Perlot


Kevin Coffey, Ireland In anticipation of the intensive three-day simulation geared towards achieving peace in the fictionalized war-torn Beladusham, IPSI participants had the pleasure of being trained in negotiation by Mr. Wilbur Perlot; the deputy-director [...]

Simulation Preparations with Wilbur Perlot2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Numbered days at The Hague


Emily Fountain, United States of America Steven Biko once wrote, “In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face.” I remember reading [...]

Numbered days at The Hague2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

The ICTY and Help From the Media


Matthew Dato, United States of America Here at the International Peace and Security Institute’s summer symposium in The Hague, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to listen to thought-provoking speakers, to be instructed and guided [...]

The ICTY and Help From the Media2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Peering into a Window of the Past


Jennifer Kerner, United States of America How does the world make sense of unimaginable atrocities and establish some semblance of justice for those affected by these events? On Wednesday, Former Special Advisor to the Prosecutor [...]

Peering into a Window of the Past2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Reintegrating Local Needs into DDR Processes


William Bejan, United States of America As an International Peace and Security Institute participant who had the pleasure of attending last year’s Bologna Symposium on Conflict Resolution, I am grateful for the new insights I [...]

Reintegrating Local Needs into DDR Processes2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

The Meaning of Resistance


Adriana Roque Romero, Colombia It has been almost a week since we arrived to The Hague, and we have been learning about various issues concerning the elements involved in post-conflict transitions, mainly through the scope [...]

The Meaning of Resistance2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Is the past really past? Some important insights


by Elinah Nciizah, Zimbabwe  We are in our last week at the IPSI 2014 Bologna Symposium yet every day is a first-hand discovery of shared thoughts, ideas, knowledge and practice. Certainly, learning at the 2014 [...]

Is the past really past? Some important insights2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Learning from the Field


Felix Papineau, Canada It is sometimes stated that the 20th century, which brought us the First and Second World Wars as well as the Cold War, was the century of conflicts, while the 21st century will [...]

Learning from the Field2017-09-01T16:46:04+00:00

Transitional Stabilization


Sophia Carrillo, United States of America One of the highlights of The Hague Symposium is the immense breadth of experience the speakers divulge during topic lectures, translating to an incredible opportunity to glean best practices [...]

Transitional Stabilization2017-09-01T16:46:05+00:00

Without Justice There Is No Peace


by Oscar Sánchez Piñeiro As we have seen from the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium speakers who have presented their work in the last few weeks, there exists a proliferation of NGOs and private entities involved [...]

Without Justice There Is No Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05+00:00

Refreshing Perspectives at the Half-Way Point


Adriana Abu Abara, Australia July 24 began with a site visit to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. It began like any other introduction to a tribunal: the logistics, the courtroom, and the cases before the [...]

Refreshing Perspectives at the Half-Way Point2017-09-01T16:46:05+00:00

A Revised Agenda for Peace


by Stephen Wilson, Australia The year was 1992. Senior Political Advisor, Álvaro de Soto was accompanying recently-appointed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on a long-haul flight. With the recently achieved El Salvadorean Chapultepec Peace Accords [...]

A Revised Agenda for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05+00:00

Establishing Governance in Transitions


Catarina Inverso, Brazil   How, and from where, do systems of governance emerge in a post-war context?Is a top-down or a bottom-up approach better equipped to establish a new government? What about hybrid approaches of [...]

Establishing Governance in Transitions2017-09-01T16:46:05+00:00

A Time for Peace


Victoria Barker, United States of America As I biked to the Clingendael Institute of International Relations this morning, the city seemed eerie — I hardly passed anyone else on the usually bustling bike path. The whole [...]

A Time for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:06+00:00

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!


by Trust Mamombe, Zimbabwe Enter Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Academy and a ‘Specialist in Difficult Negotiations’ (SDN, my creative acronym).  Here is a man with a non-negotiably long CV. That being [...]

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!2017-09-01T16:46:06+00:00

Mirroring Biases in Considering Reconciliation


Nancy Waterstraat, Germany   Is reconciliation always feasible and necessary? The first part- feasibility- might be a quite obvious maybe or even no. One of the most striking realizations personally, however, was that maybe the [...]

Mirroring Biases in Considering Reconciliation2017-09-01T16:46:06+00:00

Blending Theory & Practice


by Robert Heyn, Germany Last Wednesday was a very special day for me.  I was very much looking forward to Wilbur Perlot's class on international negotiation.  Whenever negotiation was on the schedule during my undergraduate [...]

Blending Theory & Practice2017-09-01T16:46:06+00:00

Learning to Honor Justice the Hard Way


Santiago Alberto Vargas Nino, Colombia   July 17 marked the celebration of the Day of International Criminal Justice. On this very special occasion, participants at The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice organized [...]

Learning to Honor Justice the Hard Way2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Accountable to a Purpose


by Stephen Di Lorenzo, Australia Over the last few years my adventures in the world of peacebuilding and conflict management have been rather limited, yet my enthusiasm for the field has grown. My foray into [...]

Accountable to a Purpose2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Political Change and Bridging the Divide


By Rishita Apsani, India/Canada   Conflict is an inevitable and healthy part of the human condition and our role as peace builders is not to stomp out conflict as such, but to move it away [...]

Political Change and Bridging the Divide2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Justice: an unrealistic utopia?


Melissa O'Donnell, Australia Any commitment to working in this field, becoming a peacemaker, surely demands a certain level of idealism, a belief that a better reality is possible and, call it naïve or arrogant, but a [...]

Justice: an unrealistic utopia?2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Peace is Divine


by Tom Hasani, United States As a human being in search of a higher power, it has been a difficult life trying to understand the perpetuation of violent conflict in the name of different Gods. [...]

Peace is Divine2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Unfolding the Bases of International Justice and Introduction to the International Criminal Court with Dr. Dov Jacobs


Felix Papineau, Canada As if having the opportunity to study and mingle in the beautiful and historical Clingendael Institute, where a think tank and diplomatic academy is established, was not by itself a stimulating enough [...]

Unfolding the Bases of International Justice and Introduction to the International Criminal Court with Dr. Dov Jacobs2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Dialogue, the Cornerstone of Conflict Resolution


By Douglas Munemo, Zimbabwe  It was an eventful and action packed day here in Bologna spent sharpening our conflict prevention and resolution skills as Michael Shipler and Rajendra Mulmi from Search for Common Ground (SFCG) [...]

Dialogue, the Cornerstone of Conflict Resolution2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

How Holistic Can Transitions Be?


Juliana Gonzalez, Colombia The Hague Symposium has officially begun and we all eagerly sit at Clingendael, waiting for Dr. Daniel Serwer to come in and begin the first session. We discovered that we share no [...]

How Holistic Can Transitions Be?2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Social Entrepreneurship, A Standing Ovation


by Amanda Chittleborough, Australia We concluded the first week of the Symposium with husband and wife team John Marks and Susan Collin Marks. They are the founders, President, and Senior Vice President, respectively, of the [...]

Social Entrepreneurship, A Standing Ovation2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Why Peace?


by, Samantha Twietmeyer, Canada  Our conflict resolution toolboxes are being filled as we work through our first week in sunny Bologna. In his session on social entrepreneurship, John Marks, co-creator and president of Search for [...]

Why Peace?2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

A Symposium Through the Eyes of a Bolognese


by Caterina Manzi, Italy “Which part of Italy are you from?” My typical answer to this question used to be: “Bologna...It's in the center-North of the country” But, living in Mexico I soon learned that [...]

A Symposium Through the Eyes of a Bolognese2017-09-01T16:46:07+00:00

Wording Peace: Placing Value to Education


by Leo Guardado, El Salvador/USA Ambassador Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary General, addressed the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium on the first formal day of our month-long training. Though he provided an overview of the [...]

Wording Peace: Placing Value to Education2017-09-01T16:46:08+00:00

The Prize is Peace


  by David Carpenter, Canada  Peacemaking is difficult. That is the lesson I learned from our first foray into conflict prevention: The Simulation of the OSCE in the Ukraine-Crimea Crisis. With a Model United Nations/Crisis [...]

The Prize is Peace2017-09-01T16:46:08+00:00

A Day with a UN Ambassador


by Tom Hasani, United States As the first formal day of the symposium began our IPSI-Bologna cohort was anxiously awaiting the Symposium’s keynote speaker-- Ambassador Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ambassador Eliasson [...]

A Day with a UN Ambassador2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

A Reflection: Getting Real


by Kristy Dinsmoor, United States of America  Wednesday - We are in the second day of a 3 day simulation and it has gotten real. A fictitious country is in the midst of a civil war and [...]

A Reflection: Getting Real2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

A Tale of Many Interests


Natalia Montano Hernandez, Mexico “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was [...]

A Tale of Many Interests2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

In the Midst of Chaos


by Sarthak Maggon, India Leaving personalities out of negotiations is what yields constructive results. But that remains a major flaw in the concept of international conflict resolution, the existence of a plethora of interests. Yesterday began yet [...]

In the Midst of Chaos2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Many Things Are Sinking Deeper, Becoming clearer


by Wanja Munaita, Kenya/Canada “To bring peace through justice” This was a statement made by a participant in the documentary War Don Don, which we watched at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Is that possible in our [...]

Many Things Are Sinking Deeper, Becoming clearer2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Reporting from Cairo


by Kristy Dinsmoor, United States of America Today our guest speaker, photojournalist Keith Lane, gave us an appreciation for the invisible people behind the scenes who put themselves at risk (in more ways than one), in a search [...]

Reporting from Cairo2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Mission Impossible


by Melissa Gregg, United Kingdom Ambassador Jacques Paul Klein is a man with rich and pragmatic advice to give: “don’t mistake enthusiasm for competence”, “if you continue to ride a dead horse, don’t expect it to take [...]

Mission Impossible2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Getting Real


Kristy Dinsmoor, United States of America In a field driven by donor expectations and feel good projects, we often see good intentions produce negative effects. There are often gaps between academic theory and practical application. Today our [...]

Getting Real2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Validity of the Court


by Anna Farrant, Australia  My partner recently said that The Hague is like ‘Disney Land for lawyers’, and if that’s true then the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is surely one of its most [...]

Validity of the Court2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

A Wealth of Knowledge


by Ben Kissin, United States of America  The 2013 Hague Symposium has been a great experience so far, and there has been a wealth of knowledgeable speakers who have lectured for us. Today’s speaker was former [...]

A Wealth of Knowledge2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

The ICTY Case Study


by Alex Raleigh, United States of America As I completed the readings in preparation for today’s case study on the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), I realized I knew almost nothing about the conflict. Nevertheless, after four [...]

The ICTY Case Study2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Transitional justice: From Theory to Practice


by Marni Manning, Australia While our initial week introduced the fundamentals of transitional justice and peace building, Monday’s guest presenters, Dr Derick Brinkerhoff and Dr Francesc Vendrell, provided unique insights into the practical realities associated [...]

Transitional justice: From Theory to Practice2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Governance & Its Discontents


Troy Powell, Canada Our breakout discussions were quite interesting and covered a wide gamut of topics. If I were to identify an overarching theme I would say it was globalization. A topic that evoked a protean [...]

Governance & Its Discontents2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

Week One Recap


by Joelle Thibault, Canada Wednesday at The Hague symposium, the class went downtown to the Leiden University, where we joined our guest speaker Dov Jacobs. He is an Assistant Professor in International Law at the Grostius Centre. [...]

Week One Recap2017-09-01T16:46:09+00:00

ICC : I went, I Saw, I Learned!


Yabah Berthe Bognini, Ivory Coast The fourth day of the symposium began with a field trip at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The purpose of the trip was to learn more about the ICC and [...]

ICC : I went, I Saw, I Learned!2017-09-01T16:46:10+00:00

Mapping the Framework for Holistic Transitions


by Wanja Munaita, Kenya/Canada From Australia to Cameroon, India to the United States, we gathered  yesterday with much anticipation for the first lecture of what has been defined as “an intense but fun & fulfilling” month at the [...]

Mapping the Framework for Holistic Transitions2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

What Civil Resistance Can Achieve


by SeoHyun Choi, South Korea Suppose there are two different groups of people on the street, protesting against the authoritarian government. One of them is armed and ready to take a violent action; the other is [...]

What Civil Resistance Can Achieve2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

The Building Blocks of Peace


By Gianina Pellegrini, USA As much as I was looking forward to attending this symposium and knew that I needed to participate in this experience, I truly didn’t know what to expect. The first three [...]

The Building Blocks of Peace2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

Aligning Business with Passion


By Rebecca Viljoen, South Africa "The world's problems could not be solved by the institutions that created them because these systems were stuck in old ways of thinking. They knew how to make the system [...]

Aligning Business with Passion2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

International Mediation and Dr. Joyce Neu


By Joanne Cotton, Australia After two privileged days guided by Dr. Joyce Neu, we are now better informed as to what is involved in international mediation and the role of the mediator. As Founder and [...]

International Mediation and Dr. Joyce Neu2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

Intra-organization Mediation and Negotiation and the Potential of Information for Change


By Carlos Castillo, Colombia  In this blog entry I would like to comment on two different but yet interacting topics. First, the manifestation of conflict during decision-making processes inside organizations (government bureaucracies, NGO staff, diplomatic [...]

Intra-organization Mediation and Negotiation and the Potential of Information for Change2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00

International Mediation Theory


By Abraham Kuol Nyuon, South Sudan Conflict management has become very popular in virtually all national contexts today because conflict is found in all aspects of international relations. The formation of various regional blocks within [...]

International Mediation Theory2017-09-01T16:46:11+00:00
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