UBC Political Science PhD Graduate Daisaku Higashi to host online session at UN 75 Global Governance Forum

UBC Political Science alumnus and professor at Sophia University in Tokyo Daisaku Higashi will host an online session in the part of UN 75 Global Governance Forum on Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding on Friday, September 18. Professor Higashi completed his Ph.D. of Political Science at UBC in 2012. Details of the session are below.

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding

There is a growing understanding that it is crucial to utilize or empower the traditional conflict resolution mechanism (TCRM) in the context of post-conflict peacebuilding. Because it takes time for conflicted states to establish an effective modern justice system in addressing conflicts over resources such as water and land, it is important for conflicted states to empower TCRM in responding to the grievance of people. The question is “how”, especially when TCRM might have some components that would have some conflicts with UN values. This session aims to have discussions between prominent speakers and participants to find exact ways of improving people’s security and safety in post-conflict states, focusing on the question of TCRM. The session will also discuss the possible utilization of TCRM in addressing the pandemic in conflicted states.

Date and Time: Friday, September 18 at 6 am PDT.


Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan (Head of the biggest think tank in South Sudan.)

Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan (Anthropologist who studies South Sudan for 40 years.)

Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo (IR scholar, an expert on Peacebuilding)

Register as a forum attendee here. You can enter Zoom Webinar Link for the session of “Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in peacebuilding” on Sep 18 here.

See the full agenda of the forum here.