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Mediation PracticePublications

Strengthening EU Capacity for Mediation and Dialogue: Options for Mediation Stand-By Capacity

On 21 September 2011, mediatEUr convened an expert seminar on mediation stand-by capacity options for the EU. The seminar aimed to inform in-depth discussions on different options for stand-by capacity on mediation, by bringing together experienced roster and rapid deployment managers from the fields of mediation, stabilisation, SSR, and civilian crisis response with relevant stakeholders from within EU institutions. Basis for discussion were four standing and stand-by models for deployment: the UK Stabilisation Unit roster; the Coffey International roster; the ZIF roster; and the NRC-managed MSU Mediation Stand-By Team of…
mediatEUr
1 September, 2011
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Peace, Justice and the EU

On 9 June 2011, mediatEUr convened an expert seminar of nearly 30 EU policymakers, academics and practitioners on the topic Peace, Justice & the EU. Peace and justice expert Priscilla Hayner was the guest speaker. This report captures the key points discussed. The meeting comprised two elements: 1 - Difficulties and dilemmas in peace and justice: a presentation by Ms. Hayner and discussion. 2 - A group discussion of Peace, Justice and the EU: lessons, challenges and ways forward. This seminar series is being convened by mediatEUr as part of…
mediatEUr
1 June, 2011
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Dilemmas and Difficulties in Peace and Justice: Considerations for Policymakers and Mediators

Questions of justice for serious crimes of war invariably arise in the course of peace talks. Sometimes, justice is defined from the start as a core agenda item for the talks, and even stated as a priority by the negotiating parties. But this may soon lead to unforeseen difficulties as complexities and party interests become clear. This paper has been commissioned by mediatEUr as part of its Global Forum for Mediation project. In it, peace and justice expert Priscilla Hayner uses real-case examples to identify the emerging trends and dilemmas…
mediatEUr
5 May, 2011
PublicationsTravel Documents

Comparative Study on Status Neutral Travel Documents

The issuance of passports is the most established way for states to certify an individual’s identity. Until this present day, the holding of a passport enables its owner to pursue travel to other countries whilst also providing its holder the right to the re-entry of his or her own country. Yet, the issuance of passports is not entirely universal as it might not fit the needs of specific populations. A variety of ‘abnormal’ situations do exist—most often due to the consequence of an armed conflict— which have resulted in the…
mediatEUr
1 May, 2011
Mediation PracticePublications

Standing United for Peace: The EU in Coordinated Third-party Support to Peace Processes

International peace mediation is a rapidly expanding field that has evolved from classic diplomacy to more complex, multi-level and multi-stakeholder affairs, up to the point where today few (if any) international mediation efforts are conducted by one actor only. As a result, peacemakers have developed a multitude of collective coordination mechanisms to ensure complementarity between different actors’ support to peace processes, ranging from informal cooperation to more formalized set-ups like Groups of Friends. Indeed in many cases, the EU does not necessarily directly lead mediation efforts; but it has played…
mediatEUr
1 January, 2011
PublicationsScoping and ReviewsUN Standby Team

Evaluation of the Mediation Support Unit Standby Team

To strengthen the UN capacity for mediation, the Standby Team of Mediation Experts was established in March 2008, to assist UN or non-UN mediators globally on a wide range of issues that arise in peace talks. The Standby Team is operated by the Norwegian Refugee Council, and available for mediation support activities in the Policy and Mediation Division of UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). This evaluation was carried out by mediatEUr in partnership with Berghof Peace Support. The evaluation does not only scrutinise the mechanism and the set-up of…
mediatEUr
1 January, 2011
PublicationsUnrecognised States

Engaging Unrecognised States in Conflict Resolution: An Opportunity or Challenge for the EU?

Unrecognised states represent a complex challenge for the EU. They are involved in conflicts that pose threats to regional stability and are associated with significant humanitarian concerns, but the ability to deal with them is hampered by their unrecognised status. How can the EU deal with them without violating the principle of territorial integrity? This paper argues that engagement with unrecognised entities is relevant as well as a challenge for the EU: effective mediation in conflicts involving unrecognised states is undermined by the use of power-based approaches and the framework…
mediatEUr
28 December, 2010
Mediation PracticePublications

Engaging the EU in Mediation and Dialogue: Reflections and Recommendations

'Engaging the EU in Mediation and Dialogue,' authored by Antje Herrberg with Canan Gündüz and Laura Davis, is a synthesis of findings on the EU's role in international peace mediation that have emerged from the Initiative for Peacebuilding's work on the subject in the course of 2008. The paper argues for a need for more systematized learning in order for the EU to upgrade its capabilities in the field of international peace mediation. Strengthening international peace mediation as an EU CFSP instrument calls for: Operationalisation of a multi-track approach; Inclusion…
mediatEUr
8 May, 2009