Lawyering Peace Program

Lawyering Peace Program

The Lawyering Peace Program offers exceptional American University students an opportunity to develop professional skills and substantively engage in peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and transitional justice planning as young professionals. Accepted students work in small teams on issues from peace negotiations and transitional justice to governance and constitution drafting to provide pro bono legal assistance that directly and immediately impacts countries all over the world. Past and current projects support governments and parties to conflict in countries including Armenia, Bosnia, Burma, Darfur, Libya, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

The program is an innovative experiential learning opportunity, combining some of the weightiest issues in public international law with advanced skills training applicable to both private and public legal practice.

Lawyering Peace participants function both as Research Associates and enroll in a professional development skills course taught by Professor Paul Williams. Dr. Williams is widely regarded as a leading social entrepreneur in the field of public international law. He has advised over two-dozen countries in post-conflict projects and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Public International Law & Policy Group in 2005. At American University he holds a Rebecca I. Grazier Professorship of Law and International Relations and is jointly appointed at the School of International Service. He previously served as Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

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Lawerying Peace Associates with Chairman of UNCATLawyering Peace Program 2016-2017 participants