Pathways Towards Peace and Justice Commission (PPJ)

Pathways Towards Peace and Justice (PPJ) was convened after the merger of “Peace Negotiation, Mediation, Reconciliation & Transitional Justice” AND “Human Rights” commissions at the 27th IPRA General Conference, Ahmedabad, India.

The name PPJ was derived after discussions that peace and justice require a sustained interactive process in which the government, authorities, or conflict parties need to present and discuss their respective goals in dignified ways, prioritizing nonviolent means of conflict resolution over armed struggle and strive to find a mutually satisfactory way in which their aspirations are met. Peacebuilding through negotiation, mediation, reconciliation and transitional justices introduce and enable conflict parties to use diverse approaches to human rights and nonviolence that can facilitate relationship-building and problem-solving.

The PPJ Commission aims to provide an open forum in which participants of multi-disciplines, various research methodologies, regional and cultural backgrounds, can work together to conduct a rigorous social scientific inquiry into all aspects, means and methods through which society can create conducive environment for peace and justice.

The Commission welcomes studies from local communities, sub-national groups, and states, to inter-state alliances and organizations and encourages both innovative theory-building and applied practice that support effective policymaking and civil society action. PPJ is committed to facilitating inclusive, participatory governance and sustained collegial support amongst participants.

The primary focus of this Commission is to expand the scope of questions and approaches to peace and justice which include:

        • New findings, trends, and perspectives on the link between peace processes, and peace/justice.
        • Best practices and innovative approaches to peace negotiation, mediation, transitional justice, reconciliation and human rights
        • Diverse practices of nonviolent means, non-violent communication and alternative dispute resolution
        • Challenges to the study and practice of peace and justice
        • Education and skill-building in peace negotiation, mediation, transitional justice, and human rights.
        • Cultural considerations and contexts of human rights and peace processes
        • Inclusion and exclusion of stakeholders in peace processes because of their identities (ethnic, national, racial, religious, linguistic, ideological, age, gender, class, etc.)
        • Peace negotiation and mediation that engages “extremists” and “spoilers” who actively obstruct peace processes and/or refuse to negotiate
        • Psychological and psychoanalytic considerations in peace negotiation and mediation
        • Role of symbolic gestures and non-verbal communication in sustaining peace and justice
        • Formal peace processes and diplomacy in international conflict and civil strife
        • Roles of community-based centers and networks in promoting peace, justice, and human rights
        • Roles of different means and methods/actions in conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, and/or reconciliation,
        • Conditions of successful and unsuccessful peace processes, ceasefires, and agreements 

Commission Conveners:

        1. Roshan Pokharel, Nepal
        2. Prisca Delima