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Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute

Approaches to Peace and Justice

The meanings of Peace and Justice, and how these goals are to be achieved, form some of the most fundamental questions of Politics and International Relations. Issues of Peace and Justice run through much of the DGSi teaching and research agenda. Peace processes raise a series of ethical and practical issues that suit case study and comparative research: who should be at the negotiating table and what are the best ways to mediate between conflict parties? But formal talks around a table are only part of the equation. Peace processes have to be seen in a wider context that looks at gender relations, the everyday usage of peace and space, and how different claims to identity and citizenship can be accommodated. Crucial too is the long-term legacy of conflict. It is here that the contest between Peace and Justice is often most visible. For some, peace can only come through the prosecution of ‘war criminals’ and ‘terrorists’. For others, the transitional justice toolkit might offer more sensitive ways of dealing with a fraught past. These issues are at the forefront of academic and policy agendas and are the subject of live debates.