Dr Wendy Lambourne
BSc(Hons) (UMelb), GradDip(Information Services) (RMIT), MA(International Relations) (ANU), GradDip in International Law (ANU), PhD (USyd)
Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator
Room 106 Mackie Building K01
phone: +61 2 9036 9286
fax: +61 2 9660 0862
Dr Wendy Lambourne is Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. Her main area of research is concerned with analysing and evaluating transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding after mass violence, with a regional focus on Africa and Asia/Pacific. She has conducted field research in Rwanda, Cambodia, East Timor, Sierra Leone and, most recently, in Northern Uganda, with a particular focus on civil society participation, the role of outreach, and cross-cultural understandings of justice and reconciliation. Her teaching, research and supervision also cover the United Nations, genocide, humanitarian intervention, conflict resolution, psychology of peace and religion, war and peace.
Her publications include chapters in Mohammed Abu-Nimer (ed.) Reconciliation, Justice, and Coexistence: Theory and Practice (Lexington Books, 2001), Ustinia Dolgopol & Judith Gardam (eds) The Challenge of Conflict: International Law Responds (Martinus Nijhoff, 2006), Lilian A. Barria & Steven D. Roper (eds) The Development of Institutions of Human Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Nicola Palmer, Danielle Granville & Phil Clark (eds) Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice (Intersentia, 2011), and articles in the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, International Journal of Transitional Justice, African Security Review and Global Change, Peace and Security.
Dr Lambourne has served as the co-convenor of the Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission of the International Peace Research Association since 2006, and was formerly on the Executive of the International Studies Association Peace Studies Section. She has been a visiting scholar with Oxford Transitional Justice Research, International Center for Transitional Justice in Cape Town, Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to her PhD from the University of Sydney, Dr Lambourne holds postgraduate degrees in International Relations and International Law from the Australian National University, and an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She worked previously with the Peace Research Centre, Australian National University.
Wendy’s research focuses on analysing and evaluating transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding after mass violence, including post-genocide. Regional focus on Africa and Asia/Pacific, including field research conducted in Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Developing theory and applying to practice in the context of peacebuilding interventions, specifically in terms of:
- the participation of civil society,
- the role of the United Nations, and
- the significance of cross-cultural understanding and mutual accommodation between traditional, indigenous approaches and Western philosophies and systems of justice.
Wendy Lambourne (forthcoming), "Outreach, Inreach and Civil Society Participation in Transitional Justice" in Phil Clark et al (eds) Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice, Antwerp/Oxford: Intersentia.
Wendy Lambourne (forthcoming), “Justice After Genocide: The Rwandan Experiment with Gacaca Community Justice”, in refereed proceedings from the conference “Social Justice and Human Rights in the Era of Globalisation: Between Rhetoric and Reality”, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 21-23 August 2006
Wendy Lambourne (forthcoming) "Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation / Comissão de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliação de Timor Leste (East Timor)" in Lavinia Stan & Nadya Nedelsky (eds), Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Wendy Lambourne (2010), "Unfinished Business: The Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation and Justice and Reconciliation in East Timor" in Lilian A. Barra & Steven D. Roper (eds), Development of Institutions of Human Rights, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-207.
Wendy Lambourne (2010), "Transitional Justice After Mass Violence: Reconciling Retributive and Restorative Justice", in Helen Irving, Jacqueline Mowbray & Kevin Walton (eds), Julius Stone: A Study in Influence, Sydney: Federation Press, pp. 214-237.
Wendy Lambourne (2009), “Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding After Mass Violence”, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 3:1, March 2009, pp. 28-48.
Wendy Lambourne (2009), "The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Justice for Genocide in Cambodia", refereed proceedings published online, Whither Human Rights, 25th Annual LSAANZ International Conference, University of Sydney, 10-12 December 2008.
Annie Herro, Wendy Lambourne & David Penklis (2009), "Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement in Africa: The Potential Contribution of a UN Emergency Peace Service", African Security Review, 18:1, pp. 49-62.
Wendy Lambourne & Annie Herro (2008), "Peacebuilding Theory and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: Implications for Non-UN Interventions", Global Change, Peace and Security, 20:3, October 2008, pp. 275-289.
Wendy Lambourne (2008), "Towards Sustainable Peace in Sierra Leone: Civil Society and the Peacebuilding Commission", Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 4:2, pp. 47-59.
Wendy Lambourne (2007), “Australia’s New Peace and Security Agenda”, PeaceWrites, Issue No. 2, September 2007, pp. 3-5.
Wendy Lambourne (2007), “Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding” in United Nations Association of Australia, Australia and the United Nations, Canberra: UNAA, pp. 27-32.
Wendy Lambourne (2006), “Justice in the Aftermath of Mass Crimes: International Law and Peacebuilding” in Ustinia Dolgopol and Judith Gardam (eds), The Challenge of Conflict: International Law Responds, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 261-279.
Wendy Lambourne (2005), “Reconcilliation in Rwanda: Applying Gacaca Community Justice to Genocide”, PeaceWrites, No. 2005-02, December 2005, pp. 4-5.
Wendy Lambourne (2004), “Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Meeting Human Needs for Justice and Reconciliation”, Peace, Conflict and Development, 4, April 2004
Stuart Rees, Ken Macnab & Wendy Lambourne (2003), “Three Steps Toward Developing Non-Violent Responses to Armed Aggression”, On Line Opinion, 26 August 2003.
Wendy Lambourne (2003), “Death by Irrelevance – War and the Threat to the UN”, University of Sydney News, 28 February 2003, p. 5.
Wendy Lambourne (2001), “Responding to Genocide in Rwanda and East Timor: Prevention and Prosecution” in Bronwyn Evans-Kent & Roland Bleiker (eds), Rethinking Humanitarianism Conference Proceedings, St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland, pp. 63-81.
Wendy Lambourne (2001), “Asylum Seekers Deserve a Change of Heart”, University of Sydney News, 38:20, 16 November 2001, p. 4.
Wendy Lambourne (2001), “Justice and Reconciliation: Postconflict Peacebuilding in Cambodia and Rwanda”, in Mohammed Abu-Nimer (ed.), Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, pp. 311-337.
Areas of teaching and research supervision
- Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
- Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
- United Nations and International Conflict Resolution
- Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
- Religion, War and Peace
- Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
- Transitional justice
- Peacebuilding after mass violence, including post-genocide
- International Peace Research Association (2006-2008: Co-Convenor of Reconciliation Commission)
- International Studies Association (2003-2004: Executive Committee, Peace Studies Section)