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Date and Location

September 18, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET


Peace Processes and Inclusion: The Challenge for Women with Christine Bell, University of Edinburgh Photo

​Please join us for our fall seminar featuring Christine Bell as she delves into the political dynamics of peace and transition processes. She will explore the challenges of incorporating women's perspectives and addressing their experiences of conflict and their aspirations for peace.​ ​​These challenges go wider than women – they are part of a fundamental social challenge of ensuring that the need to broker peace between armed actors does not lead to civic needs and peaceful visions for the country’s future being sidelined.  This talk will assess what has changed over the past decades as women’s inclusion has been supported by organizations such as the United Nations.  It will point to a current rapidly changing peace process landscape that puts the very slow progress now at further risk.

​​Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice).  She is Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Platform, a £18.5 million five year programme which researchers how peace processes can be reinvented to respond to changing conflict dynamics. Through the programme Bell together with the University of Edinburgh PeaceRep team works on incubating ‘PeaceTech’ solutions to conflict, and to research in conflict zones, with a particular focus on data.

Her research interests lie in the interface between constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory, with a particular interest in peace processes and their agreements. In 2007 Christine won the American Society of International Law's Francis Deake Prize for her article on 'Peace Agreements: Their Nature and Legal Status' 100(2) American Journal of International Law. The prize is awarded annually for the leading article by a younger author in the AJIL. She has authored two books: On the Law of Peace: Peace Agreements and the Lex Pacificatoria (Oxford University Press, 2008) which won the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize, awarded by the Socio-legal Studies Association UK, and Peace Agreements and Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2000). Together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh she is responsible for the creation of the PA-X Peace Agreement Database which is a unique archive, qualitative and quantitative resource of all the world’s peace agreements from 1990 to date.  ​

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This event is co-sponsored by the The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. 

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact Laura Botero at or 617-384-7575 in advance of the program or visit.​

Speakers and Presenters

Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh



Additional Organizers

Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School​