Training

Overview

CHRCR has piloted a specialized Training Program to introduce mid-career and senior professionals in conflict resolution and human rights, respectively, to the goals and methods of operation of each field. The training provides professionals in both fields with an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen communication and collaboration across disciplines to better achieve mutual goals.

The Program can be tailored to meet the experience and interests of individual groups. In December 2003, participants included employees of the UN Office of Political Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

To request more information about CHRCRs training programs, contact chrcr@tufts.edu.

Sample Five Day Training Curriculum

This curriculum has been used to provide training to diverse groups of practitioners and students, receiving highly positive evaluations from trainees.

Methodology

Instructors employ a variety of formats including lectures, small group discussions, directed exercises, simulations, and films. During portions of the first two days, participants are divided by profession for instruction aimed at enhancing their knowledge of the work of the other profession.

During the remainder of the time, participants work together, and participate in several joint problem-solving activities. Participant expertise will be woven into the lectures and discussions so that participants benefit from each other's experience.

Curriculum

Day 1: The Causes of Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses
After initial introductions, participants divide into two groups by profession. Human rights practitioners focus on the nature and dynamics of conflict, receiving training in a framework for conflict analysis, and have an opportunity to apply what they have learned to a conflict situation. Conflict resolvers are introduced to the history and content of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and learn about the political and judicial mechanisms available to redress human rights abuses. At the end of the day all participants take part in a discussion focused on a contemporary conflict.

Day 2: Third Party Intervention in Violent Conflict
In the morning, human rights practitioners take part in an exercise to explore negotiation dynamics during conflict, are introduced to interest-based negotiation and needs-based theories of conflict and conflict resolution. They then negotiate a dispute over an issue involving self-determination and minority rights. Conflict resolvers reflect on questions including: (1) what rights do minorities have; (2) what is meant by the right to self-determination; and (3) is there a right to peace. In the afternoon the entire group participates in a discussion of the roles and methods of third parties at various stages of violent conflict, and takes part in an exercise to explore those roles, the potential synergies and gaps among them, and the opportunities for cooperation.

Day 3: Shared Concerns, Different Perspectives?
Throughout the day, participants work together to explore four intervention dilemmas: (1) the problems that undermine efforts to prevent violent conflict and human rights violations; (2) the ethical issues involved in negotiating with alleged human rights violators; (3) the impact of culture in responses to violent conflict and human rights violations; and (4) the ethics of intervention and the assumptions of interveners.

Day 4: Negotiating Peace and Human Rights
Participants engage in a lengthy peace negotiation exercise. Afterwards they have an opportunity to reflect on what worked and what did not; the types of ethical dilemmas encountered; how human rights issues were dealt with; how interests were defined and why; and how the interests of those not at the table were addressed. These findings are contrasted with outcomes from actual peace negotiations.

Day 5: Post-Settlement Peacebuilding
Using contemporary cases as a point of departure, participants explore the options for achieving justice in post-conflict societies, the reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons, whether ?co-existence? is possible, the so-called ?justice vs. reconciliation? tension, and the other political, economic, security, and development concerns that affect post-settlement peacebuilding.

To request more information about CHRCRs training programs, contact chrcr@tufts.edu.