Conference on international mediation, June 2015

On 2-4 June 2015 the Centre for Mediation in Africa, swisspeace and the Global South Unit on Mediation hosted a conference on international mediation at the University of Pretoria. In addition to the stimulating papers that were presented, the conference was characterised by productive exchanges between scholars and experienced mediators. The conference concept note, programme and papers can be found below.


Concept note





I William Zartman — The Lengths and Limits of Mediation

Laurie Nathan — International Mediation as the Management of Complexity

Theuns Eloff — The Impact of the Organisation & Management of the South African Peace & Constitutional Negotiation  Processes on its Eventual Success

Isak Svensson — Mediating Jihadist Conflicts

Sara Hellmüller — The Role of Norms in International Peace Mediation

Henning Melber — Dag Hammarskjöld and Conflict Mediation: Ethics, Principles, Practices and Lessons – Integrity Matters

David Lanz & Rachel Gasser — A Crowded Field: Competition & Coordination in International Peace Mediation

Franzisca Zanker — The Legitimisation of Peace Negotiations

James J Hentz — War Across States in Africa

Tim Murithi — The Failure of the UN Security Council in Creating the Framework Conditions for Mediation

Shakespear Hamauswa and Petra Chinyere — Unpacking the Complexities of Mediation in Africa: Some Lessons from SADC’s Mediation Role in Zimbabwe between 2008 and 2013

Julius Maada Bio — Civil War Peace Settlement in Sierra Leone: The Role of Local/Insider Mediators

Claudia Fuentes Julio — Bridging Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Experiences from Latin America

Thania Paffenholz and Nick Ross –  Managing Complexity in Negotiations: All Inclusive National Dialogues: The cases of Congo and Egypt

Stanislas Bigirimana – The Peace Process in Burundi: Beyond Mediation

Aleu Garang – The Impact of External Actors on the Prospects of a Mediated Settlement in South Sudan

Holger Osterrieder – The dynamics behind mediation processes. Competition vs. cooperation in the case of the multi-party mediation during the Mali peace process

Tetsuro Iji - The UN as an International Mediator: From Post-Cold War Era to the Twenty-First Century


- Author Department of Political Sciences
Published by Mellissa Mlambo

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