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Conference on 'Just institutional approaches to conflict prevention and resolution'

donderdag 28 september 2023 - vrijdag 29 september 2023


The Research Network of the Universities of Utrecht, Nijmegen and Leiden on Institutions for Conflict Resolution (COI) is organising their second international conference on 28 and 29 September 2023 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This year's conference will focus on the theme 'Just institutional approaches to conflict prevention and resolution'. 

It is essential that substantive (1) and procedural (2) legal rules and public actors (3) endeavour – in practice – to prevent or resolve conflicts in society. This is important at local, national, European, and international levels. In addition to preventing or resolving conflicts in the legal context, these three formal institutions must also maintain rule of law values and legitimacy. These three formal, legal mechanisms (substantive law, procedural law, and public actors) are hereafter referred to as institutional approaches. Such institutional approaches to conflict prevention and resolution are often found in regulation, law enforcement and compensation mechanisms or other remedies, and in formal decision-making by courts and other public institutional actors. However, the premise that these substantive and procedural legal rules, and public actors should contribute to preventing and resolving conflicts in society is highly complex and not always self-evident. This conference aims to identify just institutional approaches that seek (real) conflict prevention and conflict resolution in the legal context.

Abstracts for individual presentations, panels and roundtable sessions can be submitted until March 24, 2023. More information on the conference and the call is available here.

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