Free public lecture on the ‘Lessons of Referendums’

Hosted by the University’s Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the 2017 John Burton Annual Lecture will address the lessons to be learned from other countries’ experience of referendums.

The lecture, entitled ‘How to Win and Lose Referendums: Lessons from Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Colombia’ will be delivered by Quintin Oliver, an expert in conflict resolution and post conflict reconstruction.

The lecture takes place on Thursday 23 March from 1730-1900 in the Eliot Lecture Theatre 2 on the University’s Canterbury campus. It is free and open to all. Parking is free on the campus after 1700.

Quintin Oliver is a conflict resolution specialist with four decades of experience working at all levels of government. He led the non-party ‘Yes’ Campaign in support of the referendum in Northern Ireland on the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, which led to work in Israel and Palestine, South Africa, Cyprus, Colombia, the Balkans, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Iraq.

He was recently appointed Senior Research Fellow of CARC in the School of Politics and International Relations (POLIR), and will be participating in research projects relating to CARC’s work in NI, Cyprus and Colombia.