Law and Peace Practice Group

IFIT aims to advance creative and realistic solutions to the challenges of legal security and justice that arise in contexts of negotiated transition out of war, crisis or authoritarian rule. The IFIT Law and Peace Practice Group is the main conduit through which the Institute conducts in-country advisory work related to this issue area.


The IFIT Law and Peace Practice Group is the world’s first dedicated advisory service on the challenge of balancing legal security and justice issues in relation to negotiated transitions out of war or authoritarianism. In such contexts, there is a need to bring non-formulaic, non-ideological approaches because decisions on legal security (in the sense of legal incentives for parties to negotiate) and justice (in the sense of criminal accountability) cannot simply be declared or imposed, but must instead be agreed among – or at least acceptable to – opposing sides.

Comprised of sixteen respected global experts, the Practice Group provides real-time, creative and confidential guidance on viable options for negotiators, mediators, and mediation support groups active in Track I and II processes. The Group’s main services are advisory in nature, encompassing confidential on-call advice (e.g., technical briefings, options memos, risk analysis, commentary on draft texts) and customised research (e.g., policy briefs, comparative studies). From time to time, the Group also organises confidential workshops to address specific country situations.

As a non-profit initiative managed by IFIT, the Group offers its services without cost.