Friday, August 13, 2010

HNMCP Clinical Instructor Stephan Sonnenberg speaks at the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Convention in San Diego.

Stephan SonnenbergOn Friday, August 13, 2010, Sonnenberg presented at two separate panels at the APA’s Annual convention.

The first presentation focused on the implications for conflict resolution practitioners and trainers of the 2009 Supreme Court case Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project.  The 6-3 decision, which upheld laws criminalizing the delivery of conflict resolution and human rights related training to organizations listed on the United States Department of State’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, is of substantial concern to conflict resolution practitioners involved in efforts to end violence in many of the world’s most violent hot spots.  Sonnenberg focused his remarks on how conflict resolution practitioners can avoid criminal liability in line with the court’s holding while still working effectively in the field, and suggested an political and legal advocacy strategy to ensure that American civil society organizations can continue to contribute constructively to the cessation of anti-civilian violence globally.

Sonnenberg also presented on a separate symposium panel on the Challenge of Reconciliation During and After Mass Violence.  Focusing in particular on the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Northern Uganda, Sonnenberg discussed how a narrative-based conflict analysis can help bridge the gap between peace and justice in a post-conflict environment, and how international lawyers in particular can maximize the positive impact of their work in such situations.