Human Rights & Global Studies


Director: Dean Peachey

About the Institute
About the Human Rights and Global Studies BA Program

About the Institute

The Institute for Human Rights and Global Studies provides a forum for critical exploration - through teaching, research and community involvement - of the evolving terrain of individual and group rights and how it is articulated in the processes often referred to as ‘globalization’.

Students, faculty, visiting scholars and community participants at the Institute examine multifaceted impacts of ‘globalization’, including economic integration, advancements in transportation and communications technology, the distribution of benefits, diversity and representation, and powerful cultural phenomena that transcend national borders.

It is increasingly the case that not all economic and social problems are produced by, or solvable within, the borders of a given society or through the core institutions of a nation-state. The Institute provides a basis for exploring global developments involving the recognition of Indigenous people’s rights as players on the international stage.

This Institute operates on the assumption that various disciplines offer different slants or viewpoints for looking at what, certainly, is a single, complex, multi-faceted phenomenon. This inter-disciplinary research and teaching institute is built on the recognition that we need to re-examine many of our basic assumptions about society, state, economy, human and non-human life, science and technology, environment, justice and equity, culture, language, individual and collective rights. Within this context, both human rights and globalization are critically engaged. 

About the Director

Dean Peachy, Vice-Principal of Global College

Dean E. Peachey, PhD

Executive Director, Global College
Telephone: 204.988.7106

Dean E. Peachey serves as Executive Director of Global College. He is Coordinator of the Human Rights Program, and is a member of the joint committee administering the Joint MA in Peace and Conflict Studies between University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. 

His teaching and research focuses on transitional justice (ways of responding to human rights atrocities), and reconciliation in a variety of settings. His recent research examines community-based reconciliation efforts in northern Uganda that arise from two decades of civil war between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army. He has a deep interest in the intersection of religion and conflict, and is active in inter-faith dialogue activities.

Prior to joining Global College, he provided administrative leadership for Menno Simons College, a college of Canadian Mennonite University affiliated with University of Winnipeg, and taught conflict resolution studies.

Before moving to Winnipeg, he worked for twenty years in Kitchener, Ontario, where he was active in developing the theory and practice of conflict resolution in Canada. He founded Conflict Resolution Network Canada, taught Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, served as president of the Fund for Dispute Resolution, and was a member of the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services. He has worked as mediator and conflict resolution consultant in a variety of settings, including community issues, land use and planning disputes, alternatives to litigation, and religious contexts.

He received a PhD and MA in social psychology from the University of Waterloo, and a BA in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University.