PON Live! New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Jared Miller and Juan Rivera Rugeles

Event Date: Tuesday April 16, 2024
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

PON Live!

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation:
Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows


Jared Miller
Jared Miller
Ph.D. Candidate, International Relations
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Juan Camilo Rivera Rugeles
Juan Rivera-Rugeles
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
Harvard University

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Free and open to the public

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About the Talks:

Each year, the Program on Negotiation welcomes a group of outstanding doctoral students as PON Graduate Research Fellows. Our Fellows spend a year at PON researching and writing about current topics in the fields of negotiation and mediation, with the goal of publishing their work after their time at PON. Fellows go on to successful careers in academia, the legal and corporate worlds, as well as the public sector.

This session provides an opportunity for two of our Graduate Research Fellows to share and discuss their research findings with the negotiation community.

Jared Miller will present his research “Peacebuilders, Politicians, and Brokers: The Politics of Transforming Conflict and Power in Nigeria?”

Juan Rivera-Rugeles will present his research “Scaling punishment in Colombia’s quest for peace: defining the margins of the anti-impunity fight.”

About the Speakers:

Jared Miller is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he focuses on the intersection of peacebuilding, anti-corruption, and accountable governance. His dissertation looks at the impact of local-level peacebuilding processes on accountable governance in Nigeria. Specifically, his dissertation examines how peacebuilding efforts challenge violent, transactional dynamics in Nigeria, the impact they have on political settlements, as well as how elite actors respond. More broadly, he is interested in how to strengthen accountable governance in contexts of systemic corruption.

Outside of his doctoral work, Miller is a researcher with the World Peace Foundation where he is part of the Peace & Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, a research consortium led by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the UK’s Foreign, Development, and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). Miller has also worked with international and local research-to-practice organizations such as the Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program and MyIT Consult Limited on peacebuilding and anti-corruption issues. Previously, he worked as a practitioner in Nigeria with Search for Common Ground on community-based peacebuilding programs. Miller holds an MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.

Juan Rivera-Rugeles is an SJD student at Harvard Law School. His dissertation studies the interplay between anti-impunity and transitional justice discourses. Both offer alternative views to the question of how States should deal with a legacy of atrocities to have successful transitions. In the face of the doctrinal and institutional developments resulting from the anti-impunity discourse, what has happened with transitional justice? To answer this question, his dissertation takes Colombia as a case study, in particular, the peace initiatives related to accountability that the Colombian government undertook with several armed groups between 2003-2016. In his view, while at the beginning of that period (2003-2005), it was unclear what the label “transitional” added to the idea of justice as fighting impunity, the following years show that in Colombia transitional justice had at least two distinctive manifestations: it reacted to a severe version of combating impunity, and it provided a frame of reference for the design and justification of truth and reparation institutions and measures.

Rivera-Rugeles is a Colombian lawyer who graduated from Universidad del Rosario (Bogota), with an LLM from Universidad de los Andes (Bogota) and another from Harvard University. Prior to joining the SJD program, he worked at the Colombian Commission of Jurists, a Colombian human rights NGO; was a legal advisor to the Colombian Congress; and worked as a law clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. He has been a lecturer at both the Universidad del Rosario and Universidad de los Andes in several subjects, especially in Legal Theory. His academic interests revolve around critical legal studies, human rights, transitional justice, and constitutional law.


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