Dr Catherine Turner
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Dr Catherine Turner is an Associate Professor of International Law and Deputy Director of the Durham Global Security Institute. Her work sits at the intersection of international law and global policy in the field of international peace and security. She has a particular interest in peace mediation as a tool for the prevention, management and resolution of armed conflict. She has published extensively in the fields of peace mediation and transitional justice, focusing on promoting more inclusive approaches to peace and justice in her home Northern Ireland and internationally.
From 2022-2024 Catherine will be a Leverhulme Trust Fellow, researching on the concept of peace mediation.
Catherine has consulted widely on inclusive leadership and increasing participation in peace processes for international organisations, governments and charities, including UN Women, the International Peace Institute, the Mediterranean Women’s Mediator Network, Beyond Borders Scotland, and Conciliation Resources. She has extensive experience as a practitioner, trainer and facilitator in mediation and good relations both in Northern Ireland and internationally. She has designed and delivered bespoke training in women’s leadership in peace mediation, as well as training and facilitation in transitional justice and peace mediation for women from conflict affected states across the world.
Catherine holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin, an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics, and a Phd in Law from Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently a trustee and Co-Chair of the Board of Belfast based NGO Mediation Northern Ireland. She is also a member of the Board of the Brussels based MediatEUr (The European Platform for International Mediation and Dialogue).
Catherine's research focuses on the role of international law and conflict, specialising in how the law regulates matters of war and peace, including international humanitarian law, peace mediation, and transitional justice. Her work is inherently interdisciplinary, focusing on the thematic area of peace and security and the ways in which the law interacts with other discplines. In Michaelmas Term 2019 Catherine led an Institute of Advanced Study Major Project Fellowship on Mediation for the 21st Century: Connecting the Local and the Global. This project focused on understanding conflict, and mediation, from the perspective of those who are affected by it, asking how mediation may need to adapt to accommodate the realities of 21st Century conflict.
Catherine has particular interest and expertise in women's participation in mediation, and through her research she has articulated specific gaps in the mediation literature that make women institutionally invisible. This work has helped to reframe the contrbution of women and women's leadership to the field of peace and security, as well as interrogating the inherently exclusionary nature of traditional mediation practice. As such her work is was at the forefront of thinking that connects WPS with mediation theory rather than simply peace process literature.
.She is a member of the editorial board of Global Policy.
Catherine welcomes proposals from prospective MJur and PhD students in the fields of international law and conflict, broadly defined. This can include but is not limited to projects in the fields of transitional justice, mediation, peace negotiations and women, peace and security.
- Transitional Justice
- Public International Law
- Women Peace and Security
- Post Conflict Reconstruction
- Peace Mediation
- Critical Legal Theory
- Gender & Law at Durham
- Human Rights Centre
- Law and Global Justice at Durham
- 2019: Women in Mediation: Beyond the Rhetoric of Inclusion(£13920.00 from Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
- 2014: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice(£5000.00 from Modern Law Review)
- -0001: Advancing Women in High-Level Mediation(£0.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
- 0000: Northern Ireland Consultative Group on Women, Peace and Security.: Irish Secretariat, Belfast.
Available for media contact about:
- International Law: Law and conflict
- Human rights: Northern Ireland politics
- Regional politics: Northern Ireland politics
- Turner, C (2016). Violence, Law and the Impossibility of Transitional Justice. Routledge.
- Turner, C., Quinn, L., Murphy, T. & Shields, R. (2014). The Law of Property in Northern Ireland. Colourpoint Educational.
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- Turner, Catherine (2021). Gender and Mediation. In Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Richmond, Oliver & Visoka, Gezim Palgrave.
- Turner, Catherine (2021). Mapping a Norm of Inclusion in the Jus Post Bellum. In Just Peace After Conflict: Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace. Stahn, Carsten & Iverson, Jens Oxford: Oxford University Press. 130-146.
- Turner, Catherine & Wählisch, Martin (2021). Rethinking Peace Mediation: Trends and Challenges. In Rethinking Peace Mediation: Challenges of Contemporary Peacemaking Practice. Turner, Catherine & Wählisch, Martin Bristol: Bristol University Press. 1-16.
- Fellin, Irene & Turner, Catherine (2021). Women’s Mediator Networks: Reflections on an Emerging Global Trend. In Rethinking Peace Mediation: Challenges of Contemporary Peacemaking Practice. Turner, Catherine & Wählisch, Martin Bristol: Bristol University Press. 285-306.
- Turner, Catherine (2021). Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding. In Oxford Handbook of Peacebuilding, Statebuilding and Peace Formation. Richmond, Oliver & Visoka, Gezim Oxford University Press.
- Turner, C. & Houghton, R. (2015). Constitution Making and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. In International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. Saul, Matthew & Sweeney, James A. London: Routledge. 119-140.
- Turner,C & Waehlisch, M (2021). Rethinking Peace Mediation: Challenges of Contemporary Peacemaking Practice. Bristol University Press.
- Turner, Catherine & Swaine, Aisling (2023). Aligning Participation and Protection in the Women Peace and Security Agenda. International & Comparative Law Quarterly
- Turner, Catherine (2023). International Law and the Securitisation of Peacemaking: On Chapter VII, the Security Council and the Mediation Mandate in Yemen. Journal of Conflict and Security Law 28(1): 161–186.
- Twemlow, Joy, Turner, Catherine & Swaine, Aisling (2022). Moving in a State of Fear: Ambiguity, Gendered Temporality and the Phenomenology of Anticipating Violence. Australian Feminist Law Journal 48(1): 87-111.
- Turner, C. (2020). 'Soft Ways of Doing Hard Things': Women Mediators and the Question of Gender in Mediation. Peacebuilding 8(4): 383-401.
- Turner, Catherine (2018). Absent or Invisible? Women Mediators and the United Nations. Global Policy 9(2): 244-253.
- Turner, C. (2016). Editorial Comment: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy, Practice. Global Policy 7(2): 256-260.
- Turner, C. (2015). Transitional Constitutionalism and the Case of the Arab Spring. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 64(02): 267-291.
- Zacharopoulou, A. & Turner, C. (2013). Peer assisted learning and the creation of a “learning community” for first year law students. Law Teacher 47(2): 192-214.
- Turner, C. (2013). Deconstructing Transitional Justice. Law and Critique 24(2): 193-209.
- Turner, C (2011). Human Rights and the Empire of (International) Law. Law and Inequality 29(2): 313-342.
- Turner, C (2010). Political Representations of Law in Northern Ireland. Public Law 451-459.
- Turner, C (2008). Delivering Lasting Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Times of Transition: The Role of International Law. International Journal of Transitional Justice 2(2): 126-151.
- Campbell, C. & Turner, C. (2008). Utopia and the Doubters: Truth, Transition and the Law. Legal Studies 28(3): 374-395.
- Ni Aolain, F & Turner, C (2007). Gender, Truth and Transition. UCLA Women's Law 229-279.
- Turner, C. (2013), The Importance of Theory as a Tool of Transitional Justice Research, International Studies Association. San Francisco, California, San Francisco CA.
- Turner, C. (2012), Public Space or Gated Community? Accessing the Garden of Transitional Justice, Critical Legal Conference - 'Gardens of Justice'. Stockholm, Stockholm.
- Turner, C (2012), Politics as Transitional Justice, Political Studies Association. Belfast, Belfast.
- Turner, C. (2012), Constituting a Nation: The Critical Concept of Democracy in Transition, Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice. Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
- Poutanen, Johanna & Turner, Catherine (2021). Overcoming Essentialisation: Understanding and Supporting Women's Diverse Roles in Peace Processes. CMI- Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation.
- Turner, Catherine & Swaine, Aisling (2021). At the Nexus of Participation and Protection: Protection Related Barriers to Women's Participation in Northern Ireland. International Peace Institute.
- Turner, Catherine & Bell, Christine (2021). Increasing the Representation of Women Peace Mediators: Collaborative Leadership Models for Ensuring Equality. UN Women.
- Bell, Christine & Turner, Catherine (2021). Models for Women's Inclusion in Track One Mediation, Peace and Transition Processes. UN Women.