Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

Lowell EwertContact: 
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24380
Office:  CGUC 2103

BA, Tabor College, 1975
JD, Washburn University College of Law, 1978
LLM, American University College of Law, 1988

Research Areas:

Human rights and peace; human rights and business; the role of civil society as an essential element of peace; pacifism, enforcement of law and peace; the use and misuse of the law - law as a sword, law as a shield; disability and peace; a rights-based approach to development


Courses Taught:

PACS 101 - Peace is Everyone’s Business
PACS 202 - Conflict Resolution  
PACS 301 - Special Topics: Disability and Peace
PACS 301-01 - Special Topics: Promoting Peace in Perilous Times
PACS 301-02 -
Special Topics: Peace and Policing
PACS 318 - Peace-Building, Human Rights and Civil Society
PACS 324 - Human Rights, Peace, and Business
PACS 328 - Fair Trade
PACS 401 - Senior Honours Seminar

PACS 603 - Building Civil Society


Lowell Ewert earned both his Juris Doctor (JD) and Masters of Law, and worked in many locations including Lebanon before coming to Conrad Grebel University College. His areas of expertise focus on human rights, law and peace, international development, and civil society. Lowell previously served as Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program from 1997-2017, and through his experiences has seen the importance of law and peace working together, and uses this understanding to engage with students in discussions on how everyone can contribute to creating peace.

Selected Publications:

  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Peace Studies and International Law,” in forthcoming book edited by J. Denny Weaver. 
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Should the Church Care about International Law?” in Steve Heinrichs, ed., Wrongs to Rights: How Churches Can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mennonite Church Canada, 2016.
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Mennonites and Contemporary Human Rights, in Andrew P. Klager, ed., From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding, Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2015.
  • Ewert, Lowell and Wiebe, Jennifer.  “Humanizing Global Trade: The Fair Trade Solution,” in Randall Amster, Laura Finley, Edmund Pries and Richard McCutcheon, eds., Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Teaching Peace as if it is Everyone’s Business,” Conrad Grebel Review, Spring 2014, August 15, 2014. 
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Human Rights and Peace Maintenance,” in Nigel Young, ed., International Encyclopaedia on Global Peace, Conflict and Transformation, Oxford University Press, 2010, Vol. 3, pages 20 – 21.
  • Ewert, Lowell and Klassen,  Mary Lou.   “Humanitarian Crises – Pacifist Responses,” in Nigel Young, ed., International Encyclopaedia on Global Peace, Conflict and Transformation, Oxford University Press, 2010, Vol. 2, pages 335 – 340.
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Rights-based Approaches to International Development,” in H. Richard Friman, ed., Challenges and Paths to Justice: Insights from Scholars and Practitioners, New York: Palgrave Press, 2006.
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Human Rights, the Foundation of Civil Society and Development,” chapter 5, pages 96 - 114 in the book entitled Local Ownership, Global Change:  Will Civil Society Save the World? edited by Roland Hoksbergen and Lowell Ewert, Monrovia, CA: World Vision Publications, 2002.
  • Ewert, Lowell.  “Law and Its Enforcement: A Substitute for Violence – A Response to the Gospel and the Glock,” The Conrad Grebel Review, Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring 2008, pages 72 – 79.
  • Ewert, Lowell and Evans, Dabney.  “Human Rights, Health, War and Peace,” in Neil Arya and Joanna Santa Barbara, eds., Peace Through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World, Bloomfield, IL: Kumarian Press, 2008.

Selected Activities: 

  • “40 Years of Growth and Development in the Peace and Conflict Studies Department,” presented at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, March 17, 2017.
  • “Peace Studies Writ Large,” presented at the Peace and Justice Studies Association annual conference, Selkirk College, Nelson, B.C., September 24, 2016.
  • “The Achilles Heel of Mennonite-related Peace Studies Programs: International Law,” at Mennonite Education: Past, Present and Future Conference, held at Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, October 17, 2015.
  • “PACS at 40,” at Mennonite Education: Past, Present and Future Conference, held at Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, October 16, 2015. 
  • “Integrating Theory and Practice:  Teaching Peace as if it Were Everyone’s Business,” presentation at the College and University Seminar: Developing and Enhancing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs, sponsored by International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Arlington, VA, June 21, 2015. 
  • “Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and the ICC: Regimes of Peace,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, October 18, 2014. 
  • “The Limits of Teaching Peace: Our Vision,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, October 17, 2014.
  • “Rights-Based Approaches to Development,” workshop presented at Peace in the City Colloquium, sponsored by Wycliffe College, World Vision and PACS, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, February 20, 2014.
  • “Linking Rights and Responsibilities,” at conference entitled Mennonites and Human Rights: Grappling with State Power in the Past and Present, organized by Department of Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, October 20, 2012.
  • “Human Rights, Empathy and Peace: A Compatible or Contradictory Relationship?” presentation on June 22, 2011 at the Art of Peace Conference, sponsored by Watson Institute for International Affairs, Brown University, held in Montebello, Quebec
  • “Civil Society: The Fulfillment of Human Rights,” presentation at the Social Justice and Human Rights Conference, conference sponsored by the Institute for Christian Studies, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, April 27, 2012
  • “Media for Peace Education: University Leadership,” address made at the Second Global Forum on the Power of Peace, Bangkok, Thailand, October 29, 2009.
  • "Law as a Sword, Law as a Shield," lecture to be presented as the Eby Lecture, Conrad Grebel University College, November 23, 2006.
  • Presentation entitled "Emerging Strategies for Confronting International Child Labour," made at the CASID Conference, 2006 Congress, York University, on June 1, 2006.
  • Presentation entitled "A Rights-Approach to a Working Children Intervention in Egypt," made at conference entitled Child and Youth Rights, Brock University, July 20, 2006.

Click here to listen to Lowell Ewert's 30 minute interview with CIGI on human rights. (Spring 2012)

Listen to Lowell Ewert speak in the video about how Peace and Conflict Studies can be applied to every person's life:

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