Second USIP ‘Land, Property and Conflict Course’ coming in December

After a well-received first run last June, the US Institute of Peace will be holding its second course on ‘Land, Property and Conflict’ from December 13-16 in Washington, D.C. As before, the facilitators will be Deborah Isser, Senior Rule of Law Advisor at USIP and Peter van der Auweraert, IOM Senior Legal Advisor and past TN guest blogger. Contributing with lectures and discussion will be myself, fellow consultant and accomplished humanitarian commentator Conor Foley, and land tenure expert extraordinaire John Bruce.

Based on feedback from last June, the course has been expanded to four days with mixed lectures, discussion and group work. If you are interested in participating, a full overview of the course and application details are available at this link:

The USIP Land, Property and Conflict Course aims to provide practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements.  Drawing on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts, participants explore the range of entry points (humanitarian, human rights, state-building, development etc.) and options for dispute resolution and structural reform.  The course is tailored to professionals who work on conflict management and peacebuilding, whether they come from a legal, development, military, government, NGO, international organization, private sector or academic background.

2 responses to “Second USIP ‘Land, Property and Conflict Course’ coming in December

  1. Hi Rhodri,

    Do you know if there are plans top make any of the content available by the web? Would love to be there but unlikely to be able to get to States in December.

    Think it look great.


  2. Thanks Jim,
    I received another similar query from Roger Roman on the course overview page and am reprinting it below:

    I wish I could be there!
    Your course sounds so relevant and needed not only in the USA but also internationally. In South Africa with it’s failed neoliberal land reform experiment land conflicts are again rising across our nation. Conflict between the landless/homeless millions and government in some 2 000 urban and peri-urban slums is growing. Conflict between the landless and the landowners in rural SA is similarly growing. Dispute resolution is usually absent, leaving an increasingly thin line of police to ‘ control’ the conflicts.
    Good luck with your workshop. Any thoughts or possibilities that you could replicate it in an online webinar or forum?
    Kind regards.

    The question of an online course or placing the materials on the web is interesting and I’ll pass it on to the other organizers.

    Its sad to hear about South African land reform. Restitution there is often still held up as something of an example although I think most observers are aware of its limitations. The thing that has always struck me about land reform in South Africa is not only the ongoing debate about its basic premise twenty years in (e.g. whether to restore a black agrarian society or ensure equitable black representation in the commercial agriculture sector) but also the question of how the whole process seemed to become fixated on somewhat arbitrary targets (e.g. 30% land transfer).

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