Beyond diplomacy: Embedding peace and conflict transformation processes in Nepal and Lebanon

Event Date: Tuesday November 8, 2011
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K-354

“Beyond diplomacy:  Embedding peace and conflict transformation processes in Nepal and Lebanon”


Jeff Seul

Chairman, Peace Appeal Foundation


Martin Wahlisch

International Lawyer and Researcher, Common Space Initiative (Beirut) 


Date: November 8, 2011

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Where: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Room K-354, Cambridge MA

Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (

Speaker Bios

Jeff Seul, Chairman of the Peace Appeal Foundation, is a partner in the international law firm Holland & Knight, where his practice is focused on domestic and international business matters, including mergers and acquisition and other strategic transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Jeff Seul was vice president, general counsel and secretary of Groove Networks, a software company founded by Ray Ozzie, who created Lotus Notes and is now Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect.  Mr. Seul joined Groove Networks in early 2000, before the company launched its first product.  Groove Networks was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, and its products are now part of the Microsoft Office system.  

Mr. Seul taught at Harvard Law School for several years before joining Groove Networks.  He has written extensively in the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution and has served as an arbitrator, mediator or advisor in a broad variety of disputes.  Mr. Seul was a senior associate of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs while at Harvard.  Mr. Seul practiced with law firms in San Francisco and Boulder from 1988-95.

At the request of the co-facilitators of Nepal’s peace process, Mr. Seul recently led a team of lawyers and law professors in the production of an 80-page report that surveys international law and scholarly opinion regarding the various approaches states have used to enforce the rights of victims of human rights abuses and war crimes and stabilize peace at the end of a civil war.

Martin Wahlisch is an international lawyer bringing comparative experience to the Common Space Initiative. His areas of research and technical support focuses on issues of international law, transitional justice, constitutional change and dialogue processes. He is also an associate of Berghof Foundation for Peace Support and senior researcher at the Center for Peace Mediation in Berlin. As a visiting scholar he is also affiliated with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). 

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series

The 2011-2012 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

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