Program on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

The Program (formerly the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution) was established at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2000 to promote active collaboration and exchange among academics and practitioners working in the fields of human rights and conflict resolution. PHRCR advances and supports an interdisciplinary approach to peace-building.

Though human rights and conflict resolution embody different approaches, organizations in these fields have each engaged intensively in international peace-building efforts. These efforts broadly encompass the wide range of activities undertaken to end violence and promote sustainable peace and justice, ranging from fact-finding and report-writing to advocacy, mediation, training, and capacity-building.

PHRCR conducts original research and produces articles and publications; carries out projects in support of its research objectives; and provides resources on the linkages between human rights and conflict resolution theory and practice.

Faculty + Staff


Eileen Babbitt  is Professor of Practice and Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at Fletcher.She is also an Associate of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Previously, she was Director of Education and Training at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She teaches negotiation; mediation; and conflict resolution theory.


Hurst Hannum  is Professor of International Law and has taught courses on international human rights law, peacekeeping, international organizations, self-determination, and nationalism. He has been a visiting or adjunct professor at Central European University (Budapest, 2010-2011), University of Hong Kong (2006-2008), Harvard, American University, and University of Virginia. Among many other publications, he is the author or editor of Guide to International Human Rights Practice (4th ed. 2004); International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Process (5th ed. 2011, with S.J. Anaya and D. Shelton); Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights (rev. ed. 1996); "Peace versus Justice: Creating Rights as well as Order Out of Chaos," 13 International Peacekeeping 582 (2006); and “Human Rights in Conflict Resolution: The Role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in UN Peacemaking and Peacebuilding." 28 Human Rights Quarterly 1 (2006). Prof. Hannum has served as a board member of Amnesty International-USA and the International Service for Human Rights (Geneva) and is currently on the Executive Council of Minority Rights Group International (London). He has consulted with the United Nations, OSCE, and non-governmental organizations on minority rights and aspects of the situations in Afghanistan, East Timor, Western Sahara, China, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.