Norms and Integrative Peacebuilding: Towards Sustainable Peace

This course enables participants to identify and shape norms as an ethical vision and as a manner of shaping professional practice within an IPB framework. They will learn to distinguish among kinds of norm, their function in peacemaking and peacebuilding, and how norms are generated. They will learn how to use legal norms (notably of International Law and human rights) to inform and guide peace processes, including how to manage normative dissonance and introduce dialogue processes to address issues in dispute. Specific attention will be given to emerging international standards of due diligence in business enterprises.  With an awareness of how certain norms can contribute to institutional effectiveness and sustainable peace, they will learn to avoid or overcome the entrenchment of dysfunctional norms through negotiation. Finally, they will examine the instrumental value of norms for societal transformation and peaceful change through the evolution of new norms that serve the interests of multiple stakeholders and contribute to sustainable peace, development and prosperity.

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  • Identify and shape norms as an ethical vision and as a manner of shaping professional practice within an IPB framework

  • Professionals in diplomacy, humanitarian, development, human rights, security, defense, and related fields, as well as advanced students with relevant interests.

John Packer is Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. He previously taught at the Fletcher School and the University of Essex, held Fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and has lectured at academic and professional institutions around the world. Over his 30-year career, he was an inter-governmental official for 20 years (UNHCR, ILO, OHCHR, UNDPA, OSCE) and has advised in over fifty countries. The focus of his research and practice is at the inter-section of human rights (including minority rights) and security, notably conflict prevention and quiet diplomacy, international mediation, transitional arrangements, and institutional developments at domestic and multilateral levels.

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