6 December 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: Hard work and dedication see Justine Davis take home the 2021 Michael Klug award

Justine Davis has always had a deep-seated passion for mediation. So much so, in fact, that she feels privileged to work on a daily basis teaching people how to listen and understand each other.  Peace building, she says, is critical to ensuring effective and lasting conflict resolution.

Justine lives on Larrakia Country in the Northern Territory where she works extensively in conflict management, including designing and delivering training in mediation with remote indigenous communities. She has contributed more than 30 years to the community sector, working in youth, women’s services, indigenous issues, health, and refugees and asylum seekers.

“I’ve always been involved in social justice work which ultimately led me to peace building work around intercultural dispute resolution. My primary interest is in working with indigenous communities co-designing peacemaking learning and practice which combine contemporary methods with traditional Aboriginal practices,” said Ms. Davis.

Justine’s dedication and commitment make her a very worthy winner of the 2021 Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award. This award recognises those who work in support of the peaceful resolution of conflict in the community, which is work that can be hard, frustrating, and often exhausting.

“When I created this award a decade ago it was always my intention that the recipient would be a person of high integrity whose work is having a positive impact on their community. The calibre of Justine’s work makes her an excellent recipient of this year’s award and I wish her the very best. Her life’s work is entirely consistent with the goals and aspirations that I had in mind when developing this award all those years ago,” said Michael Klug, AM.  

Justine has also worked in East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga sharing western models of peace building and working to support the strengthening and legitimising of local peace-making practices.

“I have been incredibly privileged to work alongside many people and learn together about peace building. Being part of building skills for people to develop their own methods of conflict resolution, and resolve conflict at a community level, gives me great hope for the future.  This is work that I am immensely proud of, and this award is truly very humbling,” said Ms. Davis. 

“People who work at the coalface of conflict often do so with a great commitment to respect, empowerment and long-term change. They are usually too busy doing the work and don’t have time to share their success stories. They don’t do this work for praise; they do it for a passion to contribute to creating a more peaceful world. I congratulate Justine on her award,” said Resolution Institute CEO, Amber Williams. 




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