Throughout the three research lines, the research group addresses diversity and conflict as cross-cutting issues.
Power-sharing and Human Rights
The research line Human Rights, Peace and Justice focuses inter alia on a legal and human rights analysis of the increasingly popular use of power-sharing agreements as a tool of conflict settlement, state building and democratization on the African continent. It also approaches the interplay between human rights, peace and justice through the lens of children’s rights and armed conflict, for which it closely cooperates with the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations.
Some of the research in the research line Human Rights: a Common Responsibility deals explicitly with armed conflict.
Children’s Rights and Armed Conflict
Contentious issues on children and armed conflict are the victim-perpetrator dilemma and the relative neglect of questions of rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation. The Research Group Law and Development, together with other Belgian universities and the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations, looks into these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. It co-organized an international conference on “Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Reconciliation of War-Affected Children” in 2009, and a follow-up conference in Kampala, Uganda: “Children and youth affected by armed conflict: Where to go from here?” in 2013. Both conferences issued a set of recommendations: The Brussels Recommendations and the The Kampala Recommendations on the Recovery and Reintegration of Children and Youth Affected by Armed Conflict.
Diversity and inequality occurs within states, and between states in North and South. The research group studies how law can perpetuate inequality and contribute to valuing diversity.