About us

Ubuntu means humanity towards others

 CS Ubuntu is the study association for Conflict Studies and Human Rights. It was created by and for students of Utrecht University. As an open study association, we take an interdisciplinary approach and welcome all those interested in the ever-relevant academic fields of conflict studies and human rights. We organize lectures, study trips, excursions and social activities. All of our activities are conducted in English.

Over the years, CS Ubuntu has had many members from a vast diversity of backgrounds, both in terms of nationality and in terms of academic specialization. Indeed, we have members from three different Faculties of Utrecht University – The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance and the Faculty of Social Sciences – as well as exchange students from all over the world.

Membership of CS Ubuntu is open for

Utrecht University students who want to acquire a better understanding of human conflict and human rights.

As such, CS Ubuntu provides conflict studies-related activities in an international social setting, with the combined aims of knowledge sharing, capacity building, and career orientation.


Check out our fun upcoming activities here!


Learn more about what committees we have for you to join. Also come check out what our committees are getting up to!


Come check out how some of our recent events have gone.

Upcoming Events


Join CS Ubuntu!

The academic year of 2023-2024 has offcially started, and along with it yet another exciting year for CS Ubuntu. We are looking forward to the many fun, lively, and enriching events with our members.

Are you an existing member? Come say hi at the Board Room. Are you thinking of joining CS Ubuntu? Visit or contact us to learn about the association and the benefits we offer.

Pub Quiz

20th Septmeber

Our first official event is here! And it is none other than the much-anticipated Pub Quiz.

The conflict themed quiz was an enourmous success among our memers last year, so we are bringing back this both fun and education event. The winning team will of course take home a small prize and the glorious title of CS Ubuntu Pub Quiz Champions this year. Sign up in teams or as individuals via the link below.

Moderation Session with Professor Roger Mac Ginty

21st September

Location: Online Teams Meeting

Time: From 20:00 to 21:00

We are honored to host Professor Roger Mac Ginty, a distinguished scholar renowned for his expertise in conflict studies. Professor Mac Ginty holds the position of Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, serves as the Editor of the esteemed journal Peacebuilding (alongside Oliver Richmond), and is the Founder of the Everyday Peace Indicators (everydaypeaceindicators.org). He is also the Editor of the “Rethinking Political Violence” book series with Palgrave Macmillan.

During this 45-minute session, you’ll have a unique opportunity to engage in a discussion with Professor Mac Ginty focused on his article, “Everyday peace: Bottom-up and local agency in conflict-affected societies.” This article, published in Security Dialogue (Vol. 45, No. 6), promises to inspire thoughtful conversations about peace, agency, and conflict resolution.

Yousef al-Sallal (Activities Committee member) will be in charge of the technical support and Shakila Ayubi (Secretary) will moderate the meeting.

See our members at recent events!