Victoria, BC, Canada
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Catherine Morris, BA (Alberta) 1974, JD (Alberta) 1978, LLM (UBC) 2001, has been a leader in the field of conflict resolution since 1983. She has played key roles in numerous conflict resolution organizations and initiatives. She has also taught and practiced in the area of of international human rights law for two decades. She works in Canada and internationally in academic, community, nonprofit, public and private sectors. She is the founder and managing director of Peacemakers Trust, a Canadian non-profit organization for education and research in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She has also served in several capacities with Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, a non-government organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), including as LRWC's main representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council (2022-2022) and as transitional executive director from June 2020 to January 2022.
Mediation, fact-finding, adjudication
Ms. Morris is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (non-practicing as of 2021) and the Canadian Bar Association. She works with Lampion Pacific Consulting Inc.
Teaching, research and writing
Ms. Morris has taught graduate level courses in international human rights law, negotiation, conflict studies. She has taught at the University of Victoria in Canada, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and European Peace University in Austria. She has been involved in design, planning, administration, and presentation of educational and policy workshops for senior public officials, leaders of non-governmental organizations, academics and professionals in several countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Bolivia, Myanmar (Burma) and Rwanda.
Ms. Morris is a former Executive Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria, where she worked in several leadership roles from 1992-1998. She designed and founded UVic's multidisciplinary graduate program in dispute resolution and taught in the program until 2016. She is a Research Associate of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria.
Her research and writing has resulted in publications and papers on mediator ethics and qualifications, conflict and culture, ADR in legal education, the role of religion in peacebuilding, peacebuilding in Cambodia, and human rights education. Her website bibliography, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: A Selected Bibliography, hosted by Peacemakers Trust, has been used by hundreds of thousands of people in more than 100 countries on all continents.
Ms. Morris has served on numerous international, national and local Boards and committees.
Publications and courses: See a list of Catherine's publications, papers, and presentations and courses