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Mediation and Conciliation: new approaches, new challenges?

Médiation et conciliation : nouvelles figures, nouveaux défis ?

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Published on Monday, January 04, 2016 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

The figures of mediators and conciliators have been given extensive consideration within research on conflict and dispute resolution. The increasing emphasis on the international actors (NGOs, United Nations) to take part in conflict resolution and judicial systems strengthening as well as the involvement of new actors and institutions in the area of mediation (for instance the médiateurs de la République in France) has possibly re-shaped and transformed existing paradigms, configurations of various justice systems and judicial institutions through two modes of dispute resolution, namely mediation and conciliation. Through the review of relevant and on-going ethnographic research, we invite fellow anthropologists and social scientists to reflect on new and emerging methods of mediation and conciliation.

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Argument

The figures of mediators and conciliators have been given extensive consideration within research on conflict and dispute resolution (Nader & Todd 1978, 1982, Greenhouse 1985). The increasing emphasis on the international actors (NGOs, United Nations) to take part in conflict resolution and judicial systems strengthening as well as the involvement of new actors and institutions in the area of mediation (for instance the médiateurs de la République in France) has possibly re-shaped and transformed existing paradigms, configurations of various justice systems and judicial institutions through two modes of dispute resolution, namely mediation and conciliation. Through the review of relevant and on-going ethnographic research, we invite fellow anthropologists and social scientists to reflect on new and emerging methods of mediation and conciliation, and we are particularly interested

(i) Research that examines social representations of local justice (institutions and actors) from a historical and anthropological perspective,

(ii) Research that showcases the participation of NGOs and UN actors in the establishment and operationalization of formal justice systems and dispute resolution mechanisms at the local or national level (Nader 1990, Dupret 1999, Drieskens 2006, Nieuwenhuys, 2001).

(iii) Fieldwork that documents key moments of the dispute resolution process from the referral to a mediator or conciliator to the stage of final decision-making and case resolution.

While we are primarily interested in fieldwork that highlights European, Mediterranean, North and Sub-Saharan African legal and judicial contexts, we are also keen on broadening the and geographical scope. We invite submissions from researchers traditions (Roman law, Common law, Islamic law, customary law, legal system, etc.) and on various legal institutions where those resolution practices institutions, private or more formal settings).

Submission guidelines

We invite interested candidates to submit an abstract of their presentation, in French or English, to mlantin@ehess.fr, aidasdiop@gmail.com and yazid.ben-hounet@ehess.fr.

The abstract will clearly state the candidate’s full name, their affiliated academic institution, their title (academic status) and the title of the proposed presentation. The summary should not exceed 500 words.

The workshop will take place in Rabat between October 6 and 9, 2016.

The deadline for submission is January 28, 2016 and notifications of acceptation to the workshop will be communicated no later than March 15, 2016.

Final presentations will need to be submitted by August 20, 2016.

Workshop, October 6 - 9, 2016, Rabat (Morocco)

While French will be the preferred language of communication for the workshop, candidates will also have the opportunity to express themselves in English.

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Organisers

  • Yazid Ben Hounet (CNRS, LAS) yazid.ben-hounet@ehess.fr
  • Aida Diop (IMAF, EHESS) aidasdiop@gmail.com, aida.diop@ehess.fr
  • Baudouin Dupret (IMM, EHESS)
  • Mickaële Lantin Mallet (IRIS, UMR 8156 EHESS-CNRS-Paris 13-INSERM) mlantin@ehess.fr 

Scientific Committee

  • Yazid Ben Hounet (LAS, EHESS)
  • Jean Comaroff (U. Harvard)
  • John Comaroff (U. Harvard)
  • Baudouin Dupret (IMM, EHESS)
  • Aida Diop (IMAF, EHESS)
  • Baudouin Dupret (IMAF, EHESS)
  • Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Planck Institute, Halle)
  • Mickaële Lantin Mallet (IRIS, EHESS)
  • Sabrina Mervin (Centre Jacques Berque)
  • Bertram Turner (Max Planck Institute)

This workshop has received support from the Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat (Morocco)

Places

  • Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco

Date(s)

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016

Keywords

  • médiation, conciliation, résolution de conflit, anthropologie, droit, conflit, ONG, justice, médiateur, conciliateur

Contact(s)

  • Mickaele Lantin Mallet
    courriel : mlantin [at] ehess [dot] fr
  • Aida Diop
    courriel : aidasdiop [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Yazid Ben Hounet
    courriel : yazid [dot] ben-hounet [at] ehess [dot] fr

Information source

  • Mickaele Lantin Mallet
    courriel : mlantin [at] ehess [dot] fr

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« Mediation and Conciliation: new approaches, new challenges? », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, January 04, 2016, https://calenda.org/351572

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