Monday, 14 April 2014

Baar, Switzerland: International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue | 17-27 August 2014 | Application deadline 30 June

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:44 PDT

International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue
Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD.
Baar, Switzerland
17-27 August 2014.

To register SA, complete the application form and send by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli [at] by 30 June, 2014. See

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers and who are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy.
If you have any questions feel free to email fhuseynli [at]

IPD SA Experts & Topics –
IPD SA Baar, Switzerland 2014 –
IPD SA Vienna, Austria 2013 –
Summer Academy location Baar Region-

Fakhrinur HUSEYNLI
Director of Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IDP
Address: Schachenstrasse 36,
CH-6010 Kriens, Switzerland
E-mail: fhuseynli [at]

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Death toll in Syria’s civil war above 150,000

Filed under: children and youth,Dispute resolution and negotiation,gender,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:40 PDT

BEIRUT – At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The UK-based Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of activists and medical or security sources, said that real toll was likely to be significantly higher at around 220,000 deaths.

Efforts to end the conflict by bringing together representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition have so far failed. The United Nations peace mediator for Syria said last week that talks were unlikely to resume soon.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Debunking some myths about Israel’s water politics

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Environment,Human Rights,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:10 PDT

In his speech to Israel’s Parliament on February 12, Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament, spoke of our shared responsibility to stand up for freedom and dignity at all times. He acknowledged Israel’s success at realising a dream shared by many people: To live “in freedom and dignity” in “a homeland of their own”, noting that Palestinians also have the right to “self-determination and justice”.


Monday, 3 February 2014

Uganda: President’s NRA apology late, says Bigombe

President Yoweri Museveni should have long rendered his apology for the spate of abuses committed during the anti-insurgency campaign in the north and north-eastern part of the country by some reprobate elements in NRA/UPDF, state minister for water resources, Betty Bigombe has said.

Museveni made the apology at the NRA/NRM 28th Liberation Day anniversary in Mayuge district headquarters, expressing shock at the “shameful” atrocities that sullied the reputation of an army whose near impeccable disciplinary record had been integral in its successful guerrilla war…

When asked what the apology meant given her role in various peace initiatives, Bigombe said the move is a good gesture because those affected by the atrocities “always demand for justice to be done”.


Friday, 31 January 2014

University of Victoria, Canada | John Wade. “Negotiation with Difficult People.” 5 February, noon

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:57 PDT
Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The University of Victoria Faculty of Law welcomes John Wade, Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University, Australia; Visiting Law Foundation Chair, University of Saskatchewan (2013-14)

“Negotiation with Difficult People”
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 12-1 pm, Fraser Building, Room 158

Professor John Wade has been a practicing lawyer and mediator in Australia for 40 years. He has also taught at Osgoode, Calgary, Manitoba, Pepperdine, SMU; Sydney University and at many law firms around the world. For the last
20 years he has been teaching at Bond University. John has chaired various law reform bodies, won multiple teaching awards and published over 100 books and articles mainly on mediation, negotiation, family law and legal education.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a hard copy of Prof. Wade’s paper in “Negotiating with Difficult People to the presentation in order to participate in the exercises.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Frankfurt: International Conference on Mediation 5-8 February 2014

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:27 PDT

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 to Saturday, 8 February 2014

International Conference on Mediation

5th to 8th February 2014
Frankfurt a.M., Germany

The aim of the conference is to explore the variety of concepts, modes and manifestations of mediation in current as well as in historical settings regarding the interdependences and interrelations with the concepts of retaliation and punishment.

Check the event website for more details.


Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — administrator @ 10:13 PDT

Monday, 27 October 2014 to Thursday, 30 October 2014



Conflict management coaching, also known as conflict coaching, is a specialized niche in the fields of coaching and conflict management.  It is a one-on-one technique in which a trained coach assists people to effectively manage specific disputes and to enhance their conflict management skills.


CINERGY® offers training by telecourse or in person workshops:

·       Telecourse – Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm Eastern from March 27-May 29, 2014

·       Ottawa, Canada – March 3-6, 2014

·       Baltimore, MD – March 20-22, 2014

·       Ottawa, Canada (French) – March 25-28, 2014

·       Plano, TX (Southern Methodist University) – April 11-13 & 25-27, 2014

·       Toronto, Canada – April 28-May 1, 2014

·       Arlington, VA – May 12-15, 2014

·       Arlington, VA – October 27-30, 2014


Workshops are also conducted in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, and other parts of Europe.  For more information, go to

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Where are the women in the peace process?

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Europe,gender,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:22 PDT

MORE THAN a decade after United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) was adopted, the absence of women from formal peace negotiations has revealed a gap between the aspirations of global and regional commitments and the reality of peace processes.

On July 16 I found myself closely following the appointment of ambassador and former permanent secretary of the foreign ministry, Andreas Mavroyiannis as negotiator by the National Council to resume the task of solving the Cyprus problem.

As I looked at the photographs of the National Council’s meetings covered in the press, I couldn’t help but wonder: where have all the women gone?

There in fifty shades of grey suiting were the representatives of the Cyprus negotiations team appointed for the peace talks. The number of men photographed at the discussion table: 20; the number of women: 0.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Vancouver | FROM CONFLICT TO CONFLUENCE: Myers-Briggs Personality Type for Conflict Resolution: 19 November 2013 | Early bird registration discount until 12 November

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:40 PDT
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Personality Type differences are a common source of conflict. Differing personality types may see the same situation dissimilarly, communicate and respond to conflict in very different ways. Assessment tools like the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) not only enhance understanding of differences in the ways that we may communicate and respond to conflict, they are a powerful for understanding and improving our own communication skills and strategies.

Participants in this session will complete the MBTI® Step II assessment prior to the session. Carrie and Sharon will guide participants through exercises designed to elucidate personal preferences in conflict that may lead you to approach advocacy from your own points of reference rather than adapting flexibly to improve communication with your clients, other parties, lawyers, and mediators. We will explore the subscales of the MBTI® that are most closely linked to conflict preferences and will explore ways to improve individual negotiation and communication skills through self-reflection.

EARLY BIRD (Register by November 12, 2013 and SAVE $50: $275 + $55 for materials +GST

To register please see

Thursday, 19 September 2013

University of Victoria, Canada | HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL APOLOGY “What comes after the government says sorry?” | 26 September, 5-7 pm

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Film screening and panel discussion with film director Mitchell Miyagawa and political scientist Dr. Matt James

WHEN: Sept. 26, 2013 | 5:00-7:30pm
WHERE: University of Victoria | Harry Hickman (HHB) Room 105

*This event is free and open to the public… more details

Or watch the film here (Scroll down. 47 minutes):

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Request for Expression of Interest: Lead Mediators – Family Mediation Program | Deadline 16 September 2013, 4 pm PST

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:44 PDT
Friday, 16 August 2013

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Expression of Interest is to invite excellent family mediators with passion for and experience in mentoring to apply to become Lead Mediators in the Family Mediation Program (FMP). Compensation comes from clients and the mediators they are mentoring. As a province wide initiative, we are accepting applications from all areas of BC.

About the FMP: The FMP provides mediators (“Associate Mediators”) with an opportunity to gain practical experience by co-mediating cases with highly experienced mentors (“Lead Mediators”) in their region. This Mediation Team will work in a wide variety of family disputes including parenting responsibilities and property division.

Application Process: Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and references. A criminal records check will be required of successful candidates.
Click here for more information and to review the REI in its entirety.

Application deadline: This is an “open call” for applications. However, after 4:00 PM (PST) on September 16th, 2013, the process of selecting candidates will commence. Applications received after that time will only be considered if there is need for more Lead Mediators in that geographical area following the initial selection process.

Applications may be sent by mail, courier, or e-mail. Email applications will be acknowledged upon receipt but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure delivery.

Apply to:
Family Mediation Services
Mediate BC Society
Suite 177 – 800 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5
Attention: Yannie Tai, Family Mediation Program Administrator Toll Free: 1-877-656-1300
Local: (604) 684-1300, Ext. 205

Mediate BC is pleased to announce recent changes to the application requirements for the Family Roster. Learn more about the changes here.


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

How to Negotiate Like North Korea

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Dispute resolution and negotiation,Film, video, audio,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:56 PDT

North Korea’s leaders have been threatening the world with nuclear strikes and war for decades now, to the point that the international community has branded the small country as the Boy who Cried Wolf. In fact, world leaders are probably resistant to making peace talks effort with North Korea’s new leader Kim-Jong Un. While Kim-Jong Un’s international relations efforts might seem borderline delusional, in truth he is just partaking in negotiations tactics well-known and understood in North Korea… more

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Industry groups oppose CFPB survey on credit card dispute resolution

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:22 PDT

In a Tuesday letter to the CFPB, the American Bankers Association and two other trade groups said the watchdog should not move forward with a proposed phone survey on credit card dispute resolution.

The ABA, along with The Financial Services Roundtable and Consumer Bankers Association, said the survey would be inconsistent with the CFPB’s statutory mandate, adding that the survey’s design is flawed.

“Instead, we urge the Bureau to conduct rigorous and sound peer-reviewed research comparing the various methods of consumer dispute resolution, notably, litigation and arbitration, and thus satisfy the Congressional mandate articulated in Section 1028 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act,” the groups said in the letter.


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:20 PDT

While many people don’t like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.

Whatever your persuasive need, here are 7 things that the most persuasive people consistently do…


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Strengthening Policy and Practice: meeting the challenges of working in complex environments

Dates: 9-14th March 2014

Location: Birmingham, UK

Course fee: £1100 (includes full board accommodation from the evening of 9th – afternoon of 14th March)

Course description

Strengthening Policy and Practice: meeting the challenges of working in complex environments is designed to draw on the experience and practice of participants, working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding to influence internal policies and programmatic approaches. The course will identify how organisations can strive to balance their organisational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political contexts.

Course aims

The course will enable participants to contribute to developing constructive organisational and programmatic policies that will guide practical responses in the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields. It will draw on the experience of participants and tutors to examine the key issues that are emerging from field-based work.

Course objectives

Participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of their work, from a conflict transformation perspective
  • apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organisational contexts
  • explore the relationship between organisational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence
  • examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organisations
  • consider the key policy and practice issues relating to the prevention of violent conflict and of building peace
  • strengthen their competence to contribute pro-actively to the development of appropriate policies and best practices in their organisation/ institution for working in environments affected by conflict or violence

Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for emergency, relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes. It is particularly relevant for those engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes, and those concerned with developing policies for appropriate responses in complex political emergencies.

2013 participant feedback

“The structure was very interactive with joint task exercises, team work and opportunity for self reflection, critical learning and experience sharing.”

“Both facilitators made the learning fun and reflective. We are taking away not only the knowledge and skills but also the approach of delivering this knowledge and skill.”

“I have learned too many things to choose just one. What I think will be the most valuable in my work are practical tools for conflict analysis and transformation.”

For more information about the course and to apply, please visit our website or contact us at

Monday, 29 July 2013

The ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ Tests Women In And Out Of Jail

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,gender — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:33 PDT

I just learned something interesting about women in prison, and it wasn’t by watching.

For the first time, researchers have investigated how actual prisoners — in this case female prisoners — respond to the “prisoner’s dilemma” a famous conundrum used to model and study cooperation and it limits.

In the dilemma, two prisoners must decide whether to rat each other out or keep mum. Although each is better off snitching than keeping quiet, they’ll both serve less jail time if they jointly keep quiet than if they both snitch — hence the dilemma…


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

We Aren’t the World

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:08 PDT

IN THE SUMMER of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the Machiguenga, an indigenous people who live north of Machu Picchu in the Amazon basin. The Machiguenga had traditionally been horticulturalists who lived in single-family, thatch-roofed houses in small hamlets composed of clusters of extended families. For sustenance, they relied on local game and produce from small-scale farming. They shared with their kin but rarely traded with outside groups.

While the setting was fairly typical for an anthropologist, Henrich’s research was not. Rather than practice traditional ethnography, he decided to run a behavioral experiment that had been developed by economists. Henrich used a “game”—along the lines of the famous prisoner’s dilemma—to see whether isolated cultures shared with the West the same basic instinct for fairness.


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

European Union: European Parliament Approves Legislation On Online Dispute Resolution

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:16 PDT

On March 12, 2013, the European Parliament approved legislation that will see the creation of an online dispute resolution platform for use in disputes between E.U. consumers and traders originating from the online purchase of goods and services.


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Canada: Court Suspends Enforcement Of Mandatory ADR Rules

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:30 PDT

On February 12, 2013, the [Alberta] Court of Queen’s Bench released a memorandum announcing that it will not enforce the Mandatory Dispute Resolution Rules “until such time as the judicial complement of the Court and other resources permit reinstatement.” Since their introduction in November 2010, these Rules have imposed an obligation on all parties to participate in at least one dispute resolution process before the Court would allow the matter to proceed to trial…

Unfortunately, rather than improve accessibility, affordability and timeliness, the Mandatory Dispute Resolution Rules proved to be a complicating hurdle to timely resolution of many claims, particularly where the Defendant disputed liability. Long wait times for JDR dates combined with the Court’s resistance to grant orders waiving the requirement meant that parties had no choice but to wait several months for a JDR, or they had to finance a quicker, albeit more expensive, alternative dispute resolution process. This added delay and expense to an already slow and expensive process.


Sunday, 31 March 2013

Report to Supreme Court chief justice calls for family law overhaul

Filed under: children and youth,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:28 PDT

An unreleased report commissioned by the country’s top judge is urging a radical overhaul of Canada’s family law system.

The report to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, scheduled for release next month, calls for restructuring the family law system from the ground up, with a focus on streamlining the court process and ending a fixation on combat…

A copy of the report, obtained by The Globe and Mail, says that estranged spouses and their children are seriously damaged by the adversarial system; and that judges, lawyers and law schools must embrace a culture of mediation and settlement.

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