Professionalizing “Post-Conflict” transitions






We are professionalizing “Post-Conflict” transitions.

Like you, we understand that transitioning a society from conflict to stability is the hardest single task facing our field.  Where others have failed, our graduates will succeed.

Location:  The Hague, The Netherlands
Dates:  July 20 – August 17, 2013

Leiden Logo w background colorOver a four-week period this summer in The Hague, The Netherlands, 60 participants will undergo intensive training from 25 of the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a post-conflict society, as well as serve justice to those responsible for human rights violations. Participants will gain a broad understanding of concepts, controversies, and institutions in this emerging field, as well as critically examine historical and contemporary justice interventions through direct interactions with the actual decision makers. In light of the “Arab Spring” and the increasing reach of the International Criminal Court, this training could not be more timely or necessary.

For the first time, a select number of participants in 2013 who choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments will have the opportunity to earn a  Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice with Distinction.”  All participants will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice” upon completion of the course.  In addition, qualified participants may apply to earn graduate-level LLM course credit from the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden, one of the world’s premier graduate schools for international law.

Apps due TODAY!!! Professional skills training in Post-Conflict Transitions & Int’l


Apps due TODAY!!! Professional skills training in Post-Conflict Transitions & Int’l Justice


The world’s most innovative curriculum. 

The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice; July-August 2013: Through formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops, attendees gain the skills necessary to strengthen legitimate institutions and governance to provide security, justice, and development and break cycles of violence; skills that are instrumental in ensuring long-term stability and preventing conflicts from recurring.

IPSI’s methodology stresses hands-on experiential learning where representatives from the first world, the developing world, and conflict and post-conflict countries have the opportunity to actually make the decisions faced by current leaders.  The academics in The Hague will focus both on dilemmas and process, including the following key areas of interest:

In-depth discussions with the decision-makers of and site visits to:

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President Biya completes Cameroon’s 100-person Senate with the appointment of 30 Senators


May 08, 2013


President Biya Appoints 30 Senators: The Complete List


President Biya today appointed the 30 Senators who will complete Cameroon’s 100-person Senate, 70 of whom were elected by indirect suffrage on April 14, 2013. As a reminder, According to Chapter 1, Section 3 of Law No 2006/005 of 14 July 2006 to lay down conditions governing the election of Senators:

“(1) Each region shall be represented in the Senate by 10 (ten) senators 7 (seven) of whom shall be elected by indirect universal suffrage on a regional basis and 3 (three) appointed by decree of the President of the Republic.”
Cameroon national assembly
Apart from a few exceptions such as Dakolle Daissala, a longtime ally of the President and leader of the MDR party, or Pierre Flambeau Ngayap of the UNDP, which is traditionally part of the “presidential majority,” practically all  the Senators are from the ruling CPDM party.

Many of them have previously held cabinet positions in the Biya regime, for example, Francis Nkwain from the Northwest region, Niat Njifenji from the Western province, Rene Ze Nguele from the East, Etame Massoma from Littoral, and Mafany, Musonge, former Prime Minister, from the Southwest region.

There is also the notable presence of traditional rulers among the appointed Senators, prominent among them, Fon Doh Ganyonga III from the Northwest, Sultan Mbombo Njoya from the Western region, and Nfon Victor Mukete from the Southwest. It is worth noting that exactly 55 years ago in 1958, a young Victor Mukete was a member of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria, representing Southern Cameroons – a clear indication, if any was needed, of that the new Senate is a gerontocratic institution.
Victor Mukete 1958
Victor Mukete, young member of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria in 1958; pioneer Cameroonian senator in 2013 at age 95…

A notable absence from the Senate (at least to those who made this an issue) is the President’s son, Frank Biya, whom many pundits had predicted would be appointed as Senator for his native South region. Of course, that analysis was based on a very erroneous reading of the Biya regime and its modus operandi. But that is a discussion for another day.

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Update – May 14, 2013


Nfon Victor Mukete Presides 1st session of Cameroon Senate





















May 14, 2013: 95-year old Nfon Mukete presiding over the opening session of the new Senate.

Cameroon’s Senate Goes Operational On May 14


Cameroon’s Senate Goes Operational On May 14

Emmanuel KENDEMEH [Cameroon Tribune]

The appointment of 30 Senators completes the list of 100 for the Upper House of Parliament.

President Paul Biya on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 appointed the 30 substantive Senators and their alternates as provided for in Section 215 (3) of the Electoral Code which states that the President of the Republic shall in a decree publish within 10 days following the proclamation of results by the Constitutional Council, the list of the remaining 30 Senators.

The Supreme Court sitting in for the Constitutional Council officially proclaimed the results of the April 14 first ever election of Senators in Cameroon on Monday, April 29. The 70 elected and 30 appointed Senators will obviously start work on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in compliance with Section 215 (2) of the Electoral Code which specifies that “The Senate shall meet as of right in ordinary session on the third Tuesday following the proclamation of the results of senatorial election by the Constitutional Council.” The Senators will receive their attributes empowering them to set the bases for effective work.

The 30 Senators and their 30 alternates the President of the Republic, Paul Biya appointed on May 8, come to increase the number of parties to participate in the country’s first ever Senate. During the April 14 election, the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM won 56 seats and leading opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF 14 seats. The list of the appointed Senators includes officials of other political parties.

For example, Ngayap Pierre Flambeau, substantive Senator from Littoral is the Secretary General of the National Union for Democracy and Progress, NUDP, Dakole Daissala one of the substantive Senators from the Far North is the National President of the Movement for the Defence of the Republic, MDR and Hamadou Abbo, substantive Senators from the North is supporter of the Cameroon National Salvation Front, FSNC. Youmo Koupit Adamou, an alternate Senator from the West is a supporter of the Cameroon Democratic Union, CDU.

The Head of State through the appointments, has also increase the number of female Senators, three of them substantive Senators and four alternates. For the substantive female Senators, there are Aboui Marlyse from the East, Hayatou Aicha Pierrette from the North and Bisseck Paulette from the South. The alternate female Senators are Bell Marie Mélanie from the Littoral, Regina Mundi Elisabeth from the North West and Ndo Angeline from the South and Mambe Agnes from the South West. The number of female substantive Senators increase to 21 as 18 of them were elected and substantive ones to 33 as 29 were elected.



only weeks after the 5-year transition from nigerian to cameroonian control of bakassi a calabar battalion of the nigerian army that led the offensive to secure bakassi for nigeria in the early-to-late 1990s, took part in cameroon’s national day military parade this 20th may, performing the royal match, to cheers, not bullets.

prior to october last year, speculation was rife that the nigerian government would challenge the october 2002 icj verdict that recognized cameroon’s sovereigntyover bakassi. it was explained that the 10 year appeal window would close if nigeria did not appeal before october 2012. it did not.

kudos to the cameroon-nigeria mixed commission that met alternatingly every two months in abuja and yaounde to seek ways of implementing the icj verdict.

the participation of the calabar battalion the yaounde military parade is one of several confidence-building measures agreed to by the mixed commission. another is the construction of the mutengene-kumba-mamfe-ekok-ikom-abakiliki road, to facilitate movement of goods and persons between cameroon and nigeria.

war don stop, over to road construction.

Please Help PCDN Grow to 100,000 + Members by Inviting Others to Join and Supporting the Network


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UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Introduction to Educating for the 21st Century

Free Webinar



Friday, May 10th, 2013 



12:00 noon EDT (10:00am Costa Rica)


To Attend: 

This webinar is free and enrollments will only be accepted in pairs, so invite a friend, college or family member and send us an e-mail with both names, e-mails and countries to and we will send you the relevant information.


Webinar Topic: 

Educating in a Changing World: Principles, concepts, frameworks and methodologies for educating in a fast-changing world.  It will cover the main focus of the 1-week course the UPEACE Centre will be offering in Costa Rica from July 22nd-27th, 2013.  If you are interested in this course please complete our online application.



Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education


More Information at: 

Educating for the 21st Century


Kind regards, 

The Centre’s Team

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