The conference seeks to
a) explore the potential for more integrative approaches to institutional engineering by looking at the whole concert of formal institutions,
b) to start a systematic discussion on the impact of major context factors influencing the effectiveness of institutional devices, in particular the properties of "divided societies" and "post-conflict societies"
c) and to lay the grounds for a joint endeavour to build a database on "institutions for peace".
The conference is also meant to start a network project between some of the most renowned researchers in the field (programme, conference photos). (funded by the Thyssen Foundation)