Building Sustainable Peace: Ideas, Evidence, and Strategies

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An interdisciplinary conference on the state of the field of peace research and practice and the nexus between them. 

November 7-10, 2019
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, one of the world's leading academic centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace, invites scholars, educators and practitioners to a Fall 2019 conference on the state of the field of peace research and practice, and the nexus between them. The conference is designed to animate conversations about the synergies and the contestations between theory and practice, the field and the classroom, and the different local, national, regional and global orientations towards peace. 

The conference is organized around four overarching themes:

  • Understanding Violence
  • Peacemaking
  • Confronting Injustice
  • Building Peaceful Societies

Highlights from the Building Sustainable Peace Conference

Keynote speakers include:

  • John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute
  • Séverine Autesserre, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College​​​​​​, Columbia University
  • sujatha baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project and Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow at Impact Justice
  • Sergio Jaramillo, Colombia’s Former High Commissioner of Peace; Ambassador of Colombia to Belgium

The conference will also bring together 290 presenters for over 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and paper presentation sessions. 

View the full conference program book.

Videos of all keynote sessions are now available. Click here to access keynote session videos. 

Conference Registration

Online registration is now closed. Interested persons can register onsite at the conference on Thursday, November 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. (at Foley's in O'Neill Hall) or Friday, November 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. (in the Forum in Jenkins Nanovic Halls). 

Information about our conference policies, including our refund policy, is available at this link. 

Fees are tiered as follows:

  • General Admission: $50
  • Undergraduate Students: Free

Daily registration rates are not available. 

Click here for more information about lodging during the conference, travel to the University of Notre Dame, and parking.

Questions? Contact Ari Woodworth at