Peace Agreement Training Series
Negotiating and Drafting Peace Agreements: Training Series
PILPG’s Peace Agreement Training Series seeks to share knowledge and develop the capacity of practitioners involved in negotiating and drafting peace agreements. The Series is organized into sessions that focus on specific components of peace agreements, such as ceasefires, power sharing agreements, financial devolution, DDR, refugees and IDPs, and transitional justice. Each session serves as a unique opportunity for acquisition and refinement of the skills necessary to address contemporary challenges in negotiating and drafting peace agreements.
Developed by PILPG’s lawyers and policy advisors, the design of the Series is based upon PILPG’s field experience and subject-matter expertise in peace negotiations. PILPG provides pro bono legal assistance and political counsel to parties, mediators, and other stakeholders involved in peace negotiations, and works closely with clients to clarify and prioritize goals, develop negotiation strategies, and create effective mechanisms for implementing peace agreements. PILPG attorneys customarily participate as advisors during negotiations or serve on delegations to the negotiations, and PILPG frequently opens in-country program offices to support its peace negotiations work.
To date, as part of its Peace Negotiations practice area, PILPG has advised parties in over two dozen international peace negotiations. In January 2005, a half dozen of PILPG’s pro bono clients nominated PILPG for the Nobel Peace Prize for “significantly contributing to the promotion of peace throughout the globe by providing crucial pro bono legal assistance to states and non-state entities involved in peace negotiations and in bringing war criminals to justice.”
The Training Series is undertaken in cooperation with New Perimeter. New Perimeter provides pro bono assistance to qualifying nonprofits, governments and academic institutions in developing and post-conflict regions to support social and economic development, as well as transparent and sound legal institutions.
The curriculum is also informed by legal principles, state practice, recent scholarship, and contemporary debates. It incorporates lectures, short lessons on core elements, negotiation simulations, and drafting exercises. The sessions are tailored to practitioners interested in gaining negotiating and drafting skills, developing a strategic perspective, and engaging in exploratory discussions regarding potential responses to emerging legal and policy questions in the peace negotiation context.
To request more information or to be added to PILPG’s Training Series invite listserv, please E-mail Elinor Stevenson, at email@example.com.
The Training Series is part of PILPG’s Knowledge Management Initiative, designed to support PILPG and the peacebuilding community by developing and sharing best practices and lessons learned, enhancing the capacity of strategic partnerships, and providing effective legal assistance and policy planning through training programs, roundtables, negotiation simulations, and the distribution of toolkits and handbooks.