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Issue 488, 24 February 2003
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Leeds peace bid for an ‘Oslo of the north’


Ambitious plans for a prestigious international centre for peace and conflict resolution – an ‘Oslo of the north’ – involving a number of Leeds agencies are under discussion.

The centre would be based at the University, with a broad ‘multi-purpose’ remit probably to include teaching, research, publishing, and practical engagement at local, regional, national and international levels. Academics from sociology, POLIS, law, communications studies, medicine and continuing education are already involved; the Vice-Chancellor has indicated support in principle and ideas are being canvassed across the University.

An academic development plan outlining the University’s involvement will be drawn up; areas of interest so far identified include global social justice, international legal concerns, human rights, liberal/illiberal states, national and international security, the media’s role, ethnic conflict and inter-cultural tensions. A scoping study outlining a wide range of possibilities – including a neutral venue for discussions, hotel, office accommodation and peace museum/exhibition area – has been drawn up. The academic plan will be supported by a full feasibility study covering finances, scale and physical location.

Other interested parties include project coordinators, the LEDA consultancy, together with Leeds City Council, Save the Children, TocH, Unipol and the Red Cross. For more information, contact Professor Dick Taylor, r.k.s.taylor@ ext 33180.


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