Established in 2011, the Institute honours the late Senator Edward M Kennedy for his lifelong commitment to justice, equality, human rights, education for all and environmental protection and in particular for his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.
The Institute also honours what one could argue is his most remarkable achievement of all – his ability to articulate a future where the causes of conflict, however ingrained, can be transcended; a future where society, economics, education and politics are organised in ways that support individuals, groups, communities and nations to work together for the benefit of all. 

While the Institute is university based at  Maynooth University, it has a high level of engagement with the wider community including key practitioners and organisations active in the practice of conflict intervention