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Durham University

Durham Law: Policy Engagement

The Researcher

About the Researcher

Dr Catherine Turner is an Associate Professor of Law at Durham University. She is the Deputy Director of the Durham Global Security Institute.

Catherine’s research focuses on international law and conflict. She has published extensively in the field of transitional justice, exploring the possibilities and the limitations of law as a framework for post conflict reform. In addition to her work on transitional justice Catherine writes on issues of post-conflict reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on ensuring effective participation in negotiation processes. She is the Guest Editor of a special section of Global Policy on the theme of Law and Negotiation in Conflict, bringing together academics and policy makers to explore how peace negotiations can be made more inclusive.

In 2016 Catherine was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington DC. While there she conducted research on the role of women as mediators under the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. This research builds on her background in mediation in Northern Ireland. Catherine is a trained mediator and former associate practitioner, researcher and trainer with Mediation Northern Ireland. Through that role she has experience of designing and delivering complex mediation processes and the facilitation of peacebuilding dialogues. She specialises in the design and delivery of mediation training, including training women for peacebuilding roles. She has delivered training for a number of statutory bodies and international organisations, including Women’s Democracy Network.

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