Saturday, 7 March 2009
Peace Agreements Database
The Transitional Justice Institute, at the University of Ulster, has launched a peace agreements database containing details of over 640 peace agreements reached since 1990, addressing conflicts that affect over 85 jurisdictions: http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/peace_agreements_database.html The database lists peace agreements by conflict, and gives details of the date signed, parties and third parties to each agreement. It provides details of the substance of the each agreement, by setting out the location in the text and a short synopsis of each agreement's provisions in the following categories: dealing with the past (amnesty, past mechanism, prisoner release, victims), undoing the legacy of the past (refugees, land), state institutional reform (criminal justice, policing, judicial reform, new rights institutions), enforcing the agreement (enforcement mechanism, international community, UN involvement), and agreement provisions addressing a range of other issues, such as women, civil society, and socio-economic/development. The database also indicates where the full text of each peace agreement can be found. The Peace Agreement Database was conceived and researched by Christine Bell and Catherine O'Rourke within the Transitional Justice Institute, and has been in development since 2004. The project emerged from work by Christine Bell over the past ten years in the collection of peace agreement texts.