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Dr Rama Mani is a faculty member at the GCSP and is currently Director of the New Issues in Security Course (NISC).

She is the author of Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War (Cambridge: Polity, 2002). An established international practitioner and scholar, she teaches, publishes and does policy work on issues of justice and human rights, conflict and peacebuilding, rule of law and the security sector, the United Nations and terrorism.

Previously, she was the Senior Strategy Adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, from January to December 2002, addressing issues of humanitarian policy and conflict mediation. From 1999 to December 2001, she worked with Oxfam (GB) in Africa. As Oxfam’s Africa Strategy Manager, based in Uganda, she led a continent-wide campaign on humanitarian and development crises, war and illicit economies in the African continent. Previously, as Oxfam’s Regional Policy Coordinator for the Horn of Africa based in Ethiopia, she developed policies and programmes addressing regional conflict, arms trade and peacebuilding.

From 2003 to mid-2004, Dr. Mani provided policy analysis, strategic advice and teaching in the areas of justice and peacebuilding in developing countries, under the aegis of a non-profit independent initiative, Justice Unlimited. In 2003, she conducted research in Afghanistan on the justice sector for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), and in Guatemala for the Small Arms Survey. She served on the faculty of the South Asian Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) orientation course in Summer 2003. She also developed an endogenous African university curriculum on Justice, Peace and Human Rights for the University for Peace’s Africa Programme, working closely with African scholars, in 2003-2004.
Previously, she worked with the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva as their Senior External Relations Officer from 1992 to 1995, and managed the global launch of their report, Our Global Neighbourhood (Oxford: OUP, 1995). As a Fellow of the Watson Foundation in 1989-90, she investigated immigration and political movements in Algeria and France, in collaboration with non-profit and government agencies, and scholars.

In an honorary capacity, Dr. Mani is a Member of the Board of "Geneva Call" (an International Humanitarian Organisation engaging armed non-state actors to respect Humanitarian Law). She also serves on the Advisory Group of the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform, UK, the Editorial Board of the acclaimed journal Global Governance, the founding Advisory Board of the Africa Law Institute. She is a Resource Person to the University for Peace’s Africa Programme. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Academic Council on the United Nations System (1999-2001), and as a Steering Committee Member for the World Civil Society Conference (Montreal, December 1999). She is a permament elected member of the Union of International Associations (UIA).
An Indian national, Dr. Mani holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.


Déjà vu or Something New? Lessons for Future Peacebuilding from Haiti. Forthcoming in Sicherheit und Frieden, vol. 24, no. 1, February 2006.

Rebuilding an Inclusive Political Community After War, Security Dialogue, Vol. 36, no 4, pp 511-526, Dec 2005 (special issue on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Oliver Juterson and Rolf Schwarz (eds.).

Balancing Peace with Justice in the Aftermath of Violent Conflict, Journal of Development, September 2005, Volume 48, Number 3, pp. 25-34
For the full version of the Journal, please visit Journal of Development website.

‘Attacking the Roots: Peacebuilding and Terrorism’, in Thomas Weiss and Jane Boulden (eds.), Terrorism and the United Nations: Before and After September 11 (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

‘Reparation as a Component of Transitional Justice: Pursuing ‘Reparative Justice’ in the Aftermath of Violent Conflict’ in Stephan Parmentier et.al. (eds.) Reparation for Victims of Gross and Systematic Human Rights Violations” (Universities of Leuven and Antwerp, forthcoming).

‘Ending Impunity and Building Justice in Afghanistan’, Issues Paper published by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, December 2003.

‘In Pursuit of an Antidote: The Response to 11 September and the Rule of Law’, Journal for Conflict, Security and Development, vol. 3, no. 1, April 2003.

Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War (Cambridge: Polity/Blackwell, July 2002).

‘Contextualizing Police Reform: Security, the Rule of Law and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding’,
in Espen Eide and Tor Tanke Holm (eds.), Police Reform and Peacebuilding (London: Frank Cass, 2000).

‘The Rule of Law or the Rule of Might? Restoring Legal Justice in Post-Conflict Societies’,
in Michael Pugh (ed.), Regeneration of War-Torn Societies, (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).

‘Restoring Justice in the Aftermath of Conflict: Bridging the Chasm between Theory & Experience’, in Tony Coates (ed.), International Justice (London: Ashgate, 1999).

‘Conflict Resolution, Justice & the Law: Restoring the Rule of Law in the Aftermath of CPEs’,
in International Peacekeeping, vol.5, no.3, 1998.


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