Peace and justice: a common quest for universities, governments and civil society

20-21 February 2020, Bilbao, Spain

What is the THE  University Impact Forum: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions?


Peaceful, just and inclusive societies are necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To advance the SDGs in general, and SDG 16 – peace, justice and strong institutions more specifically, we need effective and inclusive public institutions. Governments, civil society and communities must work together to implement lasting solutions, and universities must take a leading role.

The objective of this international forum is to analyse this role that universities, besides their essential knowledge generation and educational activities, can and should play in support of justice, peace and human rights to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. We will take into account the universities’ policies and their relationship with public entities, and collaboration and partnerships with other social agents. Our approach will involve universities, governments and non-governmental institutions.

At the inaugural THE University Impact Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Forum, leaders and experts on these issues from higher education institutions and leading organisations will meet to share research, ideas and solutions to address these pressing issues that impact the implementation and development of effective, accountable and fair institutions.

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Our speakers


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Mark Charlton
Associate director of public engagement
De Montfort University
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Jennifer Curtin
Director of the Public Policy Institute
University of Auckland
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Shaun Ewen
Pro vice-chancellor (indigenous)
University of Melbourne
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Ejup Ganić
Founder and chancellor, Sarajevo School of Technology
Former president, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mari Jose Aranguren
General director of the Orkestra Basque Institute of Competitiveness
University of Deusto
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Bianca Kopp
Global coordinator of the tertiary component of Education for Justice
UN Office on Drugs and Crime
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Carla Koppell
Distinguished fellow
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
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Salustiano Mato
Vice-president
Crue Universidades Españolas
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Alanna O'Malley
Professor of United Nations studies in peace and justice
University of Leiden
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Dan Plesch
Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
SOAS University of London

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