Call for Papers: International Conference on Peace and International Relations

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Call for Papers

International Conference on Peace and International Relations

Conference Theme: Transitional Justice in Post-conflict Societies in Africa


Date: 8-9 October 2014

To be held at: Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HPSIR)

A constituent college of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, Kenya


Guests of Honour:

*His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of Tanzania

Key Note:

*His Excellency Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union (AU) Commission

*Prof. Makau Mutua, Dean & SUNY Distinguished Professor at The State University of New York


Other speakers include:


*Dr. Timothy Murithi, Head of Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), South Africa

*Prof. Omoka Wanakayi, Researcher and Lecturer at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Kenya

* Dr. Tecla Wanjala, former Vice Chair person of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya

* Dr. Connie Mumma, Nairobi University

*Prof. Amb. Philip Mwanzia, Lecturer, United States International University (USIU)

*Fr. Peter John Pearson, Director, Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) for Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference, South Africa


Individuals who are interested in presenting papers at the conference should send a 250 word abstract by 2nd May 2014.  Full draft of the presentation should be sent by 15th August 2014. The papers presented during the conference will be peer-reviewed and published in the Institute’s upcoming journal – Africa Peace Studies Journal. 



The General Objective of the Conference


The general objective of this conference is to stimulate strategic response to the challenges of national healing and reconciliation in African countries, such as Burundi, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Rwanda, among others, while looking at the diverse policy formulation and implementation opportunities in addressing the needs around transitional justice. In a number of post conflict societies in Africa there has been a general impasse on the way forward in addressing issues of justice, compensation, accountability, healing and reconciliation. It is therefore fundamental that as civil society, government, academic and religious institutions we explore ways in which we can find long lasting solutions to our fragmented societies. 


One of the expected outcomes is that this conference would create an international platform to discuss how different countries in Africa have responded to the challenges of transitional justice and post conflict peacebuilding. The diverse contextual analyses from the continent will further enhance discussions and policy recommendations on how different countries in Africa (particularly Kenya) could carry forward the process of healing and reconciliation. The papers presented at the conference will be peer-reviewed and published in the Institute’s upcoming journal – Africa Peace Studies Journal and regular policy briefs. 


Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), in consultation with different stake holders, is keen to develop a post-conference strategy towards policy formulation and implementation, while taking into account the complex nature of the transitional justice process. This will hopefully set the stage for multilateral engagement with all the concerned local, regional and international actors (governments, civil society, African Union, IGAD, etc) in the search for sustainable peace and development in Africa.

Transitional Justice in Africa



Conference Topics


The conference will invite presentations along these broad topics:


1.     Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Africa

2.     Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

3.     The African Union (AU) Position on the International Criminal Court (ICC)

4.     The ICC, Political Accountability and Transitions in Africa

5.     Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa

6.     Terrorism, Religion and Post-conflict Reconstruction

7.     International Political Economy and Post-conflict Reconstruction

8.     Grassroots Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Societies 

9.     The place of gender in the post-conflict reconstruction

10.  The role of diplomacy in transitional justice

11.  The Role of Religious Institutions in Post-conflict Reconstruction

Contact us:


Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR)

Riara Road, Off Ngong Road

P.O. Box 21215 - 00505, Nairobi

Phone: +254 729-755 905/733-616 865




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