Law and Ethics

​What is the relationship between norms and the realm of international affairs? Can it ever be morally defensible to engage in armed struggle? If so, what rules and parameters should guide the use of armed force? How are current rules grounded, and how can we critique and change them so that they contribute to peaceful relations and further the cause of justice? And, not least, how can we use ethics and law to build trustful, stable, and peaceful relations in a multicultural world? These and similar overarching questions form the foundations of the Law and Ethics research group at PRIO. 

08/11/2022
New Case Brief: Trust and Fairness: Ethical Dilemmas in the Iran Nuclear (JCPOA) Negotiations

​​This FAIR Case Brief examines the role of threats and sanctions between the key parties and how they impacted on trust between the various sides as well as on perceptions of fairness in the negotiations.

04/11/2022
Exploring Ethics-Driven Approaches to Digital Peacebuilding at Geneva Peace Week

​More than 40 peace practitioners, researchers and representatives from international organizations came together on 2 November 2022 in Geneva to discuss how various ethics perspectives could help in the planning, implemention, and evaluation of digital peacebuilding interventions.

27/10/2022
FAIR project workshop takes place in Cyprus

​The PRIO project “On Fair Terms: The Ethics of Peace Negotiations and Mediation” (FAIR) organized a workshop in Cyprus in partnership with the PRIO Cyprus Centre, PRIO Middle East Centre, and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, 19-21 October.

29/08/2022
Case Brief on Israeli–Palestinian Disagreements over Collective Memory During the Peace Process 1993–2001

​​A case brief just published as part of PRIO's FAIR project examines how the Israeli–Palestinian peace process dealt with radical disagreements over collective memory. It identifies three positions taken towards this specific issue: prescriptive forgetting that avoids the past altogether, strategic forgetting that postpones dealing with it, and transitional justice that recommends addressing it head-on. 

15/06/2022
Roundtable with Hugo Slim: The Future of Humanitarian Principles - Recording Now Available

​Will the principle of humanity survive the critique of anthropocentrism and a call for post-humanism? 

05/05/2022
New Case Brief: The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)

​This new FAIR case brief by Eli Stamnes and Cedric de Coning focuses on the peace negotiations resulting in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), finalized in September 2018.

12/04/2022
New Case Brief: Controversies of Inclusion in the Colombian Peace Process: The Balancing Act of Introducing New Norms and Gaining Popular Support

​This new FAIR case brief by Isabel Bramsen argues that inclusion is in fact a controversial issue with several dilemmas in relation to peace processes.

07/04/2022
New Case Brief: Ethical Issues and Controversies in the Astana Process: Questioning Representation and Ownership

​This new FAIR case brief by Zenonas Tziarras focuses on how the Astana process became central to the peace efforts regarding the Syria conflict after 2017, but it has been heavily influenced by the interests and positions of its three sponsors or guarantor powers: Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

03/03/2022
RedLines Project Kick-Off Meeting

​The Red Lines and Grey Zones project has been officially launched with a kick-off meeting on the 1st of March. Please find an introduction to the project presented by Kristoffer Lidén above.

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