A Rights-Based Approach to Conflict Prevention

Policy Briefing

Thematic Track: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies

A Rights-Based Approach to Conflict Prevention

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • 01/11/2023 @ 17:00 - 18:30
  • Conference Center C1 (pétale 5) and Online

The war in Ukraine has highlighted the weakness of the multilateral system to respond to large-scale risks of violent conflict. However, over recent years, there has been a growing evidence base that human rights-driven approaches to conflict risks can be very effective, from the increasing role of the Human Rights Council on matters of peace and security, to more field-driven human rights work in conflict settings. Drawing on the past year of empirical research, this event will showcase the promising possibilities of a rights-based approach to conflict prevention, including case study findings from South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali, and more. It will also draw on joint research into the prospects of more effectively using the human rights architecture for the UN's peacebuilding and peacekeeping work.


  • Adam Day, Head of the Geneva Office, United Nations University
  • Charlie Hunt, Senior Fellow, United Nations University
  • Florence Foster, Representative for Peace and Disarmament, QUNO
  • Erica Harper, Head of Research and Policy Studies, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights