Graeme Simpson Seminar: Easier Said Than Done

February 28, 2013
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Tobin Hall

Room: 423

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Debbie Weyl

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program is proud to present the Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series:



*Sponsored by The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP):

Speaker:  Graeme Simpson

Title:  Easier Said Than Done: a practical reflection on peace, justice and reconciliation in the wake of violent conflict…and how we know if we are succeeding.

Speaker presents for 30-35 minutes plus a full half-hour for discussion.

Refreshments will be served

This event is free and open to all

About Graeme Simpson:

He is the Director of Policy and Learning at Interpeace and he is also the Director of Interpeace USA. Interpeace is a global peace-building organization headquartered in Geneva and working in 18 conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world for the past decade and a half.

Simpson has a law degree (LLB) and a Masters degree in history from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was a co-founder (1989) and Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), in Johannesburg, South Africa, until April 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as the Director of Country Programs at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), headquartered in New York City and in that capacity oversaw the organization’s work in more than twenty five countries around the globe. Thereafter, he was the Director of Thematic Programs at the ICTJ for two further years, and oversaw work on Prosecutions, Reparations, Truth-Seeking, Security System Reform, Memorials, Gender, and a program on Peace & Justice.

He also co-founded and now serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ) published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) in Northern Ireland.  He is an Adjunct Professor and has taught a post-graduate seminar on Transitional Justice at Columbia Law School since 2006. Simpson has published widely in books and journals covering a wide range of issues.

Simpson’s experience includes the following:

Graeme Simpson has more than two decades of experience working on peacebuilding, transitional justice, human rights promotion and accountability issues in newly emerging democracies, including extensive work on dealing with political violence and human rights abuses, including Truth (and Reconciliation) Commissions, national and international justice institutions and reparations programs. He is a global specialist on peacebuilding strategies, reconciliation and reconstruction in societies emerging from conflict with expertise on violence and violence prevention in societies emerging from conflict, including specific experience in the fields of youth violence, gender violence and violence in industrial conflict.

He has done extensive work on democratisation, state-building and transformation of social and state institutions within embryonic democracies, with particular emphasis on building accountable, integrated criminal justice systems (including as National Civilian Advisor to the South African Minister of Safety and Security).

He has also engaged in the development of victim empowerment and support services, including: setting up and running one of the first free psychological services for victims of violence in South Africa; substantial involvement in building a survivor support movement for victims of human rights violations; and evaluation of the feasibility of a national compensation fund for victims of violence in South Africa; and he has experience working on memorialisation interventions including heritage and educational work on public sites of conscience, museum development, oral history programmes and symbolic reparation interventions.

Graeme Simpson has been centrally involved in national and international civil society organizations for over 25 years.

Additional speakers coming this semester:

Eileen Babbitt  Thur. March 28  12 -1 PM

Alain Lempereur  Thur. April 11  12 – 1 PM