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Research Projects and Workshops

Rule of Law (ROL) in UN Peace Operations (Upcoming)

The development of the ROL in post-conflict countries constitutes one of the main challenges to UN field operations. The idea is to critically examine key aspects of the ROL issue and explore the building blocks of what constitutes a sustainable Rule of Law component in UN Peace Operations, as well as analyze and assess the key challenges that such an endeavor will have to address.

Migration and Security

CIHR, in collaboration with the Center for Security Studies of the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, is planning a research workshop that will focus on key political, economic and security developments influenced by migratory flows. The key themes to be addressed include the causes and consequences of migratory flows, the prospects for effective cross-border cooperation, the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant international, regional and domestic legal frameworks, and the challenges confronting the development of human rights-sensitive policies and practices on migration.

Outsourcing Security: Private Military & Security Companies and the Quest for Accountability

CIHR and the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, are organizing a workshop to discuss the implications over the last past 25 years on private military and security companies and how they have increased their share of the defense budget. These contractors provide basic logistics, feed and supply enlisted men and women, develop and direct sophisticated weapons systems, administer detention facilities and conduct interrogations, and provide personal security for the staff of intergovernmental as well as non-governmental organizations. If the privatization of security functions is here to stay (and this clearly seems to be the case), then the key tasks at hand are: (1) to understand the origins, causes and multiple manifestations of such outsourcing; and (2) to devise an effective regulatory framework that would be consistent with the exigencies of democratic control and would adhere to fundamental human rights and humanitarian law rules and standards.

Ethics of Intervention/Protection: Contending Approaches Purpose and Issues

CIHR and the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, are organizing a workshop to discuss the ethical dimensions of humanitarian intervention and of its latest variation, the responsibility to protect (R2P). For that purpose the workshop will cover the following three topics: (1) Humanitarian Intervention (HI) and Responsibility to Protect (R2P), (2) The Interplay between the Global and the Local in Intervention/ Protection, and (3) Accountability for Intervention/Protection-Related Activities Original contributions will be published in Criminal Justice Ethics (CJE). CJE is a semi-annual journal designed to focus greater attention on ethical issues in criminal justice (broadly defined) by philosophers, criminal justice professionals, lawyers and judges, and the general public. The Journal is published by Routledge.

Research Study on Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations

United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1820 first linked sexual violence in conflict to international peace and security in 2008 though the connection of women to peace and security first appeared on the agenda in UNSCR 1325 in 2000. CIHR's research study on sexual violence in conflict situations seeks to examine the challenges with implementing UNSCR 1820, both by the UNSC and by the NGO community.


Policing Across Borders: The Role of Law Enforcement in Global Governance

CIHRs will explore key challenges confronting law enforcement in dealing with transnational threats, in particular terrorism and transnational organized crime (TOC) thanks to a significant grant recently awarded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The program will involve law enforcement officers from Greece, Turkey and other Balkan countries, as well as academics and representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Through this grant, John Jay College of Criminal Justice will examine key challenges confronting the law enforcement community in dealing with three key transnational threats: terrorism; drug-trafficking; and human trafficking/ migrant smuggling. The grant will fund a series of workshops that will not only provide insights into these ongoing challenges but also contribute to the strengthening of regional security networks capable of dealing with problems posed by terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Transitional Justice Project

The Center is planning a three-year seminar to analyze key focal issues and questions pertaining to transitional justice. The aim of the seminar is to bring together scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and students in order to analyze and assess the effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms established to deal with crimes committed by previous regimes. Each semester, four experts will present their preliminary research. The papers of the presenters will be distributed in advance to all seminar participants, so as to ensure high quality in-depth discussion of all the pertinent issues raised in each presentation. In addition, each presentation will be followed by a brief commentary as a way of introducing the relevant focal issues and questions for discussion. It is important to stress that our seminar will place particular emphasis on attracting qualified voices from the global south which can offer insights and share their experiences in coping with the challenges of transition. The best papers and commentaries will be selected to become part of an edited volume, which will constitute the starting point for a future research project focusing on one or two of the main sub-themes of the seminar.