Peace studies centre opens at Queen’s

Nobel laureate and former IRA arms inspector launch institute

Former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari (centre) with Prof Hastings Donnan and Prof Tony Gallagher at the launch of the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari (centre) with Prof Hastings Donnan and Prof Tony Gallagher at the launch of the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

 

A Belfast institute that will examine peace-building throughout the world has been opened by the former president of Finland and Nobel peace prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari.

Mr Ahtisaari, who was an arms inspector during the peace process, launched the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University last night.

The head of the institute is Prof Hastings Donnan, who is an expert on border areas that have experienced conflict. “The institute is creating a graduate programme which is open to the best students worldwide.

“Here they will study for research degrees in peace- building, transition, human rights – amassing a wealth of knowledge and experience that will make a difference,” Prof Donnan said.

“This is not a walled-in institution – our doors are open to everyone who has a contribution to make to greater understanding.”