2016 St. Paul's College University Affiliation Lecture

The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Conflict Studies

Professor John Packer
Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
and Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 pm, Fr. Jensen SJ Theatre, St. Paul's College

It’s been said that war is the absence of human rights. But what exactly is the relationship between human rights and peace? Is the full respect and effective enjoyment of human rights essentially the manifestation of peace? Or are these different but related elements of a larger recipe for resilient, non-violent and productive societies? More precisely, what is the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution?

These and other questions will be explored by the speaker on the basis of an extraordinary experience of 25 years engaged in over fifty conflicts around the world, working with the UN, OSCE, EU and many other organisations and actors.

2016 St. Paul's College University Affiliation Lecture: The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Conflict Studies

John Packer is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. He previously held academic positions at the University of Essex and at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He has held Fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities and lectured at universities and professional institutions around the world.

Professor Packer is an experienced practitioner with over 20 years of experience working for intergovernmental organisations, including for the United Nations (UNHCR, ILO, OHCHR) i.a. investigating serious human rights violations in a number of situations, notably Iraq, Afghanistan, and Burma/Myanmar, as well as themes including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, the use of forensic sciences, the use of civil defense forces, and regarding the independence of judges and lawyers throughout the world.

From 1995 to 2004, he was Senior Legal Adviser and then the first Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) in The Hague working across Central and Eastern Europe and throughout the former Soviet Union.

From 2012 to 2014, Prof. Packer was a Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the United Nation’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts attached to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), advising in numerous peace processes and political transitions around the world focusing on conflict prevention and resolution, diversity management, constitutional and legal reform, and the protection of human rights including minorities. He is Associate Editor of the Human Rights Law Journal and a General Editor of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues, and has sat on the boards of several international human rights NGOs.

The St. Paul’s College University Affiliation Lecture is sponsored by the University of Manitoba, The Ph.D. and Joint M.A. Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies, and St. Paul’s College, with financial support provided by Aikins Law.

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2016 Afilliation Lecture John Packer

The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Conflict Studies
Professor John Packer

St. Paul's College
University Affiliation Lecture
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 pm
Fr. Vince Jensen Theatre,
St. Paul's College

2016 Affiliation Lecture John Packer

LINKS:
Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
Professor John Packer biography

Thank you to
Aikins Law


for their financial support of this annual lecture.