Designing Against Evil? Breakthroughs in Violence Prevention
Venue: Auditorium A1B, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva
- Jonathan Luke Austin, CCDP Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lead Researcher of the Violence Prevention (VIPRE) Initiative
- Keith Krause, Director, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
- Anna Leander, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Copenhagen Business School, PUC-RIO.
- Vincent Ballon, Head of Unit, Persons Deprived of Liberty, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
How do we stop violent abuses of human rights and/or humanitarian law? The Violence Prevention Initiative draws on cutting-edge approaches within sociology, philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience to find new answers to this question that go beyond a focus on legal or rights-based approaches. By ergonomically re-designing the ‘situations’ in which violent abuses (torture, civilian targeting, ethnic cleansing, etc.) occur, the Initiative seeks – like road traffic safety systems – to prevent political violence without relying on changing the ideas, personalities, or institutional settings in which particular individuals operate. This event explains precisely how this is achieved and violent abuse is prevented.
This event is part of the Geneva Peace Week.