Preventing sweeping human rights violations or wars and rebuilding
societies in their aftermath require an approach encompassing
the perspectives of both human rights advocates and practitioners
of conflict resolution. While these two groups work to achieve
many of the same goals-notably to end violence and loss of
life-they often make different assumptions, apply different methods,
and operate under different values and institutional constraints.
As a result, they may adopt conflicting or even mutually
exclusive approaches to the same problem.
Eileen F. Babbitt and Ellen L. Lutz have collected groundbreaking
essays exploring the relationship between human rights
and conflict resolution. Employing a case study approach, the contributing
authors examine three areas of conflict-Sierra Leone,
Colombia, and Northern Ireland-from the perspectives of participants
in both the peace-making and human rights efforts in each
country. By spotlighting the role of activists and reflecting on what
was learned in these cases, this volume seeks to push scholars and
practitioners of both conflict resolution and human rights to think
more creatively about the intersection of these two fields.