December 12th 201610.00, Salle Orange, Egmont Palace, 8bis Rue des Petits Carmes, 1000 Brussels.

Between 2011-2016, the DfID-funded research consortium Justice and Security Research Programme has conducted research in a number of conflict-affected areas in Central Africa. It has documented how people constantly have to negotiate their access to justice and security with a diversity of institutions, including non-state actors such as militias, vigilantes and customary chiefs. This seminar brings together some of the leading specialists on these areas in order to present and discuss some of the main findings of the programme and what they imply for more effective international policies aimed at promoting justice and security in Central Africa.




9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.15 Introduction by Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)


10.15-11.15 Challenging the state: governance contexts in perspective


Chair: Koen Vlassenroot, UGent and Egmont Institute


  • ‘Fragmented justice in Kongo-Central’ (Jose Bazonzi, UNIKIN)


  • ‘Military fragmentation in the Kivus’ (Godefroid Muzalia, Institut Supérieur Pédagogique, Bukavu)


  • ‘What happened to Uganda’s ‘invisible children’?’ (Jackyline Atingo and Tim Allen, London School of Economics)


11.15-11.30 Coffee break


11.30-12.45 Policy responses to the promotion of justice and security


Chair: Valérie Arnould, Egmont Institute


  • ‘Land conflicts and justice responses’ (Julian Hopwood, London School of Economics and Rachel Ibreck, Goldsmiths-UCL)


  • ‘Transitional Justice and Criminal Prosecutions’ (Holly Porter, London School of Economics)


  • ‘DDR/SSR in DRC and CAR’ (Tatiana Carayannis, Social Science Research Council)


  • ‘Stabilization and multi-layered security arrangements’ (Koen Vlassenroot, UGent/Egmont Institute and Kasper Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen)


12.45-13.00 What should future policies look like? – Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)


13.00-14.00 Lunch


To register, please send an email by 12.00 noon on 9 December to



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