This study counteracts this on-going disconnect by examining how the human rights/conflict resolution-relationship plays out in concrete situations experienced by specific actors in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Nepal and Zimbabwe. It shows that the boundaries between these fields are far less distinct in practice than has been recognised thus far; considerable fluidity exists. It also highlights the dynamic and contingent nature of the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution, noting how various factors affect actors’ ability to combine aspects of the two fields. It is based on some eighteen years of personal practical experience, a review of relevant literature and 26 key informant interviews.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
1: Introduction (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
2: The human rights field (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
3: The conflict resolution field (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
4: Comparing the fields: Human rights and conflict resolution (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
5: Two field-specific organisations (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
6: Actors on the interface (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
7: Handling dilemmas (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
8: Factors affecting convergence (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
9: Conclusion & implications: Embracing concurrent realities (Embargo until 30 October 2017)
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