The Challenges of Reconciliation:
Basic Concepts

Center for Peace and Governance,
King Prajadhipok's Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Why are many people all over the world paying attention to the subject of "reconciliation"? This introductory workshop explores several themes of reconciliation including apologies, forgiveness, justice and peace. Often these ideas seem to be in tension with one another, especially in situations where there has been historic conflict resulting in persistent injustice or severe injuries. This workshop provides participants with opportunities to consider and discuss several concepts and themes relevant to reconcilation. This workshop is suitable for policy makers, academics and NGO leaders who are working in the area of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. See the topics and schedule below.

Dates: March 11-13, 2005

Location: King Prajadhipok's Institute, Bangkok

Topics: See the topics and schedule below.

Who should attend: Policy makers, academics and NGO leaders who are working in the area of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Fees: Thai participants: 3000 Baht. Participants from outside Thailand: 6000 baht.

Registrants outside Thailand: For participants from outside Thailand the fee is 6000 baht. There are no facilities or funds to assist out of country participants. You are responsible to arrange your own funding, visa, travel arrangements, accommodation and ground transportation. The workshop will be conducted in English with English language materials (translation into Thai).

Registration: For registration information write to

Presenters: Catherine Morris and possible other guest presenters to be announced.

The Challenges of Reconciliation: Topics and Schedule

Day 1: Morning


  • Why think about reconciliation?
  • What is reconciliation?

Challenges for reconciliation

  • Painful histories, difficult losses;
  • What about justice?
Day 1: Afternoon

Taking responsibility

  • Seeking responsibility from others who have caused harm;
  • Acknowledgment: True and false apologies
  • Truth and forms of denial.
Day 2: Morning

What about justice?

  • Restitution and reparation;
  • Ensuring that harms do not happen again.
Day 2: Afternoon


  • Anger;
  • Mourning losses;
  • Building Trust;
  • Celebrating hope and forgiveness.
Day 3: Morning

The challenges of implementation

  • Roundtable participants' discussion: Possibilities and constraints of structural, institutional and political and economic realities, including international and domestic laws, policies, institutions, and cultural and religious issues.
  • Closing

Catherine Morris, B.A., LL.B., LL.MCatherine Morris, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, director of Peacemakers Trust, is a lawyer with experience in the field of conflict resolution since 1983. She is an Associate and a former Executive Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria. She is also currently an Associate of the University of Victoria Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives. She has designed and facilitated educational workshops and discussions in Canada, the US, Thailand and Cambodia . . . more

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