Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation

24 June 2015
24 June 2015

The report concludes that there is a "growing consensus that laws prohibiting support to listed entities have contributed to a 'shrinking space' for those seeking to establish the conditions conducive to peace."

Five years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project upheld the application of the "material support" prohibition to include key conflict prevention and resolution activities aimed at getting terrorist groups to lay down their arms, making it clear that good faith is no defense.

As the report states, the HLP ruling "sent shockwaves through the peacebuilding community." This is but one in a broad range of counterterrorism policies in numerous countries that are impacting the work of civil society around the world, leading some organizations to scale back or withdraw assistance programs in conflict zones where their services are often most needed.

This webinar will explore these issues, what civil society has done to adapt to this environment and what can be done to make peacebuilding feasible in terrorist-controlled areas.

We hope you can join us for a discussion of this important report. An invitation to the webinar will be sent next week. To read the report online, go to


update: We are pleased that Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, former US State Dept. Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies and currently with the New America Foundation will join the webinar.

Vicki Sentas, report author: Lecturer in Law, University of New South Wales and Associate, International State Crime Initiative

Louis Boon-Kuo, report author: Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Lisa Schirch, commentary on report: Professor of Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University and Director of Human Security, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Moderated by Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network

There will be an extensive Q&A session following the presentations. We look forward to your participation.


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