Book Launch—The Peacemaker’s Paradox: Pursuing Justice in the Shadow of Conflict

Please join the Open Society Foundations for a conversation with Priscilla Hayner about her new book, The Peacemaker’s Paradox: Pursuing Justice in the Shadow of Conflict. The book explores the dilemmas that arise when peacemakers seem to have to choose between settling an armed conflict and holding accountable those responsible for severe human rights violations.

The Peacemaker’s Paradox explores the challenge of addressing war crimes during peace negotiations, through detailed case studies on Colombia, Uganda, Libya, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The book also looks at the impact of international courts on armed conflict, including whether prosecutions deter further abuses—or whether there is sometimes a risk of doing damage to a peace process.


  • Priscilla Hayner, co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice, has served as human rights advisor in a number of peace negotiations, from Kenya in 2008 to the recent talks in Colombia between the FARC and the Colombian government. She is currently a senior mediation advisor with the UN Standby Team of Mediation Advisors, and is the author of Unspeakable Truths: Transitional Justice and the Challenge of Truth Commissions.
  • Richard Dicker has served as director of Human Rights Watch’s international justice program since its founding. Mr. Dicker also led Human Rights Watch’s effort to establish the International Criminal Court, and to bring a genocide case against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq for its Anfal campaign against the Kurds.  
  • Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations.
Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 5:307:30 p.m.
Richard Dicker, Priscilla Hayner, and Aryeh Neier