Human Rights and Conflict Transformation

Handbook Dialogue No. 9

What are the potential – and limits – of bringing together human rights and conflict transformation in specific contexts? Going beyond the divide and polarising language of "peace versus justice", the authors argue that a more thorough emphasis on human rights – as causes and manifestation of conflicts, but also as normative and practical intervention tools – contributes to bringing conflict transformation closer to its aim of tackling conflicts at their deepest roots. The lead author and respondents engage in a rich dialogue on areas of tensions as well as complementarity between the two sets of practices: they encourage mutual learning and joint work, and stress the importance of locally-designed, timely and context-specific initiatives, as well as the hard-nosed analysis of political context and use of human rights and conflict transformation discourse.  Evidence comes from contexts such as Nepal, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Uganda and Colombia.

  • Véronique Dudouet & Beatrix Schmelzle (Eds.): Human Rights and Conflict Transformation. The Challenges of Just Peace. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • Beatrix Schmelzle & Véronique Dudouet: Introduction: Towards Peace with Justice. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - intro. PDF >
  • Michelle Parleviet: Rethinking Conflict Transformation from a Human Rights Perspective. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - lead article. PDF >
  • Thomas Diez & Emily Pia: Conflicts and the Politics of Human Richts Invocations. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Alice Nderitu: Conflict Transformation and Human Rights: A Mutual Stalemate?. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Eileen F. Babbitt: The New Constitutionalism: An Approach to Human Rights from a Conflict Transformation Perspective. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Albert Gomes-Mugumya: Reflections on Rights and Conflict from Uganda. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Marwan Darweish: Human Rights and the Imbalance of Power: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Mauricio García-Durán: Interaction between Conflict Transformation and Human Rights in the Face of Ongoing Armed Conflict in Colombia. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - comment. PDF >
  • Michelle Parlevliet: Holding Concurrent Realities. Reflection on the Responses. 2010. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 9 - final reflection. PDF >