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Dr Catherine Turner is an academic, facilitator and consultant who advocates for greater use of inclusive mediation and peacemaking practice through research and policy engagement. She has published extensively in the fields of peace mediation and transitional justice, focusing on promoting more inclusive approaches to peace and justice.
Catherine began her work in mediation in her home Northern Ireland where she has significant experience as a practitioner, trainer and policy advisor in mediation, good relations and reconciliation.
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 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 Associate Professor of International Law at Durham University (UK), and the Deputy Director of the Durham Global Security Institute (DGSI). She is also a trustee and Co-Chair of the Board of Belfast based NGO Mediation Northern Ireland, and a member of the Board of the Brussels based MediatEUr (The European Platform for International Mediation and Dialogue).