A public lecture titled “Transforming Conflict in Educational Settings: The Benefits and Limitations of Mediation and Restorative Dialogue,” arranged by Dhaka Law Review (DHLR) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum was held in the Department of Law, University of Dhaka on November 14, 2019. The lecture was conducted by Dr. Hillary Cremin, Reader at the University of Cambridge.
The lecture was focused on Dr. Cremin’s recent book ‘Positive Peace in Schools’. It began with Dr. Cremin shedding light on the spectrum of conflict literacy. The spectrum ranges from legal procedures to mediation, restorative approach and strategic punishment. She iterated a step-by-step analysis of each of the elements, particularly focusing on mediation, restorative approach and punishment.
According to Dr. Cremin, restorative approach is an educative approach which originated in the Maori community of New Zealand. It focused on the perpetrator feeling shame and being held accountable for his/her deeds. Dr. Cremin said “if this method was shared with the wider society, people then would understand that it is possible to resolve conflicts locally.”
Dr. Cremin conducted a question and answer session with the participants at the end of her lecture. The impact of her lecture was clearly reflected through the questions asked by the audience who consisted of students and teachers from a number of different faculties and educational institutions.
The lecture was also graced by the presence of Professor Dr. Md. Rahmat Ullah, Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka, who delivered the closing remarks.
The event was covered by Ahmed Ragib Chowdhury, student of Law, University of Dhaka.