Institute for Peace and Justice
Phone: (619) 260-7509
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

About the Institute

Working at the Intersection of Peace and Justice

Joan Kroc and other dignitaries inaugurate the opening of the IPJ

As part of the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) is at the nexus of practice, policy and scholarship in peacebuilding and human rights. Since its founding in 2000, the IPJ has worked internationally to support individuals and organizations working to build more peaceful and just societies.

At the dedicatory conference in 2001, the institute convened working groups on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Macedonia and Nepal, with official and unofficial attendees from each. Each country demanded solutions that only the people living every day with these conflicts had the knowledge to develop. Then, as now, the IPJ recognized that solutions to address violence and injustice must be rooted in and driven by the affected communities.

Out of the dedicatory conference, the IPJ was invited to support peacebuilding efforts in Guatemala and Nepal. Responding to invitations has remained one the guiding principles of the IPJ’s international work. Staff members have responded to communities in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, traveling from the urban slums of Nairobi to remote regions of Myanmar. The IPJ’s “whole community” approach has meant that Institute staff have worked with government and opposition leaders, security personnel, indigenous communities, soldiers and former combatants, business and civil society leaders, and journalists. As traditionally excluded groups, youth and women have been particular groups the Institute has sought to engage, an approach that recent research has validated as the best path to building sustainable peace.

Today, the IPJ is actively engaged in international peacebuilding work in Cambodia, Kenya and Nepal, and continues to respond to requests from international partners and colleagues to support local efforts in their communities.  

Programs and Events

Through its Women PeaceMakers and WorldLink programs, the institute puts a special emphasis on the impact that women and youth have in building sustainable peace. The Distinguished Lecture Series brings high-level national and international leaders to campus to discuss cutting-edge issues in peace and justice.

By convening conferences on critical issues – particularly on the women, peace and security agenda – the institute serves as a global and local resource for the rapidly growing field of peacebuilding.


Research and emerging concepts in the field are disseminated by the institute through publications, presentations and all forms of media.

For employment opportunities at the Institute for Peace and Justice, check USD Human Resources.