The Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security was established in 2016 with a vision of providing three core strands – Research, Education, and Dialogue (R.E.D). The research component takes the form of publications such as country and thematic reports, policy papers, submissions to government, and knowledge-products to industry and private sector clients. CSIPS also strongly believes in the need for improved education on peace and security issues, and through the use of workshops and conferences promotes key elements of conflict resolution, problem-solving, peace-building, capacity-strengthening, and raising awareness. Finally, through active dialogue in the form of closed-door meetings of representatives and diplomats, facilitation of back-channels, and the promotion of new policy or processes that can facilitate peace, CSIPS aims to engage with key decision-makers, stakeholders, and representatives of both government and non-state groups to facilitate the vital rapprochement needed for achieving peace and security.
CSIPS operates through bespoke engagement with a variety of freelance and volunteer individuals and groups on the ground, each of whom provide vital knowledge and input.
The centre offers bespoke knowledge product solutions, tailored workshops and training, and a variety of consulting services.
Dr Sherif A. Elgebeily is the founding director of The Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security and co-chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network, which counts as its members over 100 practitioners and academics from European, Asian, and African states. He is the author of The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision-making Process (Routledge, 2017) and was the 2016 International Rule of Law Visiting Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (UK). Sherif has previously held university teaching posts in the UK, Egypt, and Hong Kong, has written frequently for both media and academic outlets, and has presented his research internationally at numerous conferences.
He has experience co-drafting Human Rights and other reports for the Iraq Team of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York, defending human rights with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in Egypt, drafting Space Policy for the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the European Commission in Brussels, and researching media law at the Child Law Centre, University of Pretoria. He is also a founding member, former Editor-in-chief, and current Member of the Advisory Board of the Westminster Law Review. His research interests include the rule of law, the work of the UN Security Council, the work of international organisations in maintaining peace and security, international criminal law, comparative constitutional law, and international human rights law.
Dr Sen Semah Dervish is CSIPS Research Fellow. She completed her PhD in European Union Law at the University of Westminster in December 2015, focusing on the Union’s political and judicial approach to the case of Cyprus and discovering how the European Union can build a bridge over troubled waters by promoting the right of self-determination of the Turkish Cypriot community. Prior to this, she graduated from L’Université de Nanterre, Paris X, with a Diploma in French Law and also obtained an LL.B from the University of Westminster. Afterwards, she was awarded an LL.M in European Union Law with Distinction from the University of Westminster.
Ms. Susana Pardilla Ramirez is the CSIPS Administrative Officer and Bookkeeper. She is a qualified accountant in Spain and is in the process of completing her AAT Accounting Qualification in the UK. Susana has many years office experience within the service and professional industries.