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Mediation: A transversal approach with multiple purposes

La médiation, une approche transversale aux multiples finalités

¿La mediación, un enfoque transversal a las finalidades múltiples

Xth Congress World mediation forum

Xème Conférence du Forum mondial de médiation

Xa Conferencia del Foro Mundial de Mediación

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Published on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

The WMF’s mission is the development and exchange of knowledge, information and competencies in all mediation areas, notably through the regular organization of international congresses for more than fifteen years. The Xth Conference of the World Mediation Forum wants to devote itself to trying to understand how mediation can be organized and developed when it has so many objectives that are seemingly difficult to reconcile. Thus, the 2019 conference will try to bring, through four highly interrelated roundtables and about forty presentations, a significant contribution to this question: 'Mediation: A transversal approach with multiple purposes?'

Announcement

Presentation

The World Mediation Forum (WMF) is an international charitable organization, founded on interdisciplinarity and at the service of mediators worldwide.

The WMF’s mission is the development and exchange of knowledge, information and competencies in all mediation areas, notably through the regular organization of international congresses for more than fifteen years.

The Xth Conference of the World Mediation Forum in Luxembourg, 9 to 11 July 2019, wants to devote itself to trying to understand how mediation can be organized and developed when it has so many objectives that are seemingly difficult to reconcile. Thus, the 2019 conference will try to bring, through four highly interrelated roundtables and about forty presentations, a significant contribution to this question: 'Mediation: A transversal approach with multiple purposes?'

Submission guidelines

Participants are invited to send their proposals in response to questions that will form the structure of the four plenary sessions:

  1. Is mediation a way to prevent conflict?
  2. Is mediation a mode of regulation or of security?
  3. Does mediation have a future in the management of intercultural conflicts?
  4. Does the institutionalization of mediation help to reform institutions or does it distort mediation?

Apart from these questions, other proposals may be submitted. For example, proposals may be  related to results of empirical studies, theoretical or conceptual thinking, a specific program or initiative, a legal framework, and so forth.

Your proposal must be sent in French, Spanish or English, by email,

Before 2019, February 21st

to: pascale.worldmediationforum@hotmail.com

https://fmm2019.openum.ca/

General Program

TUESDAY 9 JULY, 2019

7.30 – 8.30 WELCOMING AND REGISTRATION

8.30 – 9.15 OPENING SESSION

Hosting: Mylène Jaccoud (Canada)

9.15 – 10.45 FIRST ROUND TABLE

  • Benoît Bastard (France)
  • Masengesho Kamuzinzi (Rwanda)
  • Cate Buchanan (Australia) 

IS MEDIATION A WAY TO PREVENT CONFLICTS?

In this roundtable, participants are invited to question the view that some observers and promoters of mediation have adopted toward it, namely, its ability - actual or potential - to prevent conflicts. Prevention is also associated with mediation to the point that it has generated a popular acronym: PSDs - the modes of the prevention and settlement of disputes. In addition, participants are invited to discuss the "new professions" of mediation that count now, especially in France: ‘agents of prevention and mediation’? Does mediation really prevent conflicts? Should this function be integrated with its spectrum of action? Does mediation actually prevent conflicts in all fields in which it is applied? What does it prevent? The escalation of the conflict? Its resurgence? Its judicialization? Is the inability of mediation to prevent conflicts a flaw or a limit of the approach? Does the presumed ability of mediation to prevent conflicts constitute the founding dogma of mediation or come from empirically grounded observations? These questions will allow the speakers to give their opinions on how mediation is related to prevention in order to understand its real and discursive scope.                              

10.45 – 11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.00 – 12.30  WORKSHOPS: 1 → 10

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 15.00 SECOND ROUND TABLE

  • Dan Kaminski (Belgium)
  • George Pavlich (Canada)
  • Maria Paz Garcia Longoria (Spain)

IS MEDIATION A MODE OF REGULATION OR OF SECURING?

Should the scope of mediation be limited to conflict resolution, and therefore, should mediation be aimed at achieving the goal of ‘resolving’ these conflicts? Or should its focus be expanded to include ‘regulation’ by taking the risk of adding terminological ambiguities to an alternative mode that is still unstable? In recent decades, the term ‘securing’ has been added to the functions of mediation. However, securing has been discussed or even excluded from this mode of intervention. It is even brandished as a foil by some professionals of social intervention. If security issues require specific measures, we should ask ourselves whether mediation can and should play the role of securing. At the same time, it becomes necessary to better understand the issue of regulation in mediation while avoiding the two pitfalls of using a general and therefore imprecise terminology or a disciplinary confinement that nothing can conceptually justify.

15.00 – 15.15 COFFEE BREAK

15.15 – 16.45  WORKSHOPS: 11 → 20

18.00 COCKTAIL

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY, 2019 

Hosting: Mylène Jaccoud (Canada)

9.00 – 10.30 THIRD ROUND TABLE

  • Rosa Huenchumilla (Chili)
  • Lydie Err (Luxembourg)
  • Michèle Vatz-Laaroussi (Canada)

WHAT ARE THE AMBITIONS AND REALITIES OF INTERCULTURAL MEDIATION? 

So-called ‘intercultural’ mediation has become autonomous and institutionalized in a large number of countries as its own field of practice and knowledge. Despite this undeniable recognition, the challenges and unanswered questions in this field of mediation still need to be addressed. The participants at this roundtable will contribute to the debate on a practice whose methods, ambitions, and realities are multidirectional. What is the logic of action for intercultural mediation? Is it a logic of accompaniment to the integration of the minority groups in the host society? Is it a logic of construction of interculturalism or multiculturalism? Or is it a logic of conflict resolution of cultures and values ​​or that of an intercultural and communicational translation? How should practitioners think about and practice intercultural mediation when the very notion of interculturality is complex? Is it conceived as a regulatory practice of the relations between majority and minority groups? Is it conceived differently in societies with migratory traditions than in postcolonial societies? As for societies characterized by the co-presence of indigenous people and migrants, how can intercultural mediation be thought of in a transcultural way? How do these different issues unfold in countries where intercultural mediation is not recognized as such?                  

10.30 – 10.45 COFFEE BREAK

10.45 – 12.15 WORKSHOPS: 21 → 30

12.15 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 15.00 WORKSHOPS: 31 → 40

15.00 – 15.15 COFFEE BREAK

15.15 – 17.00 CLOSING ROUND TABLE

  • Riccardo Cappi (Brazil)
  • Kaijus Ervasti (Finland)
  • Sharon Press (United States)

DOES THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF MEDIATION HELP TO REFORM INSTITUTIONS OR DOES IT DISTORT MEDIATION?

In this roundtable, speakers are invited to reflect on and decide what the specific relationship is between mediation (and its practices) and the institutional environment in which it takes place. While advocating for the complex nature of this relationship, as well as the many ways in which it can be viewed, we offer some questions that can help participants see the issue more clearly, both theoretically and practically.

Is mediation conceived as part of the project of a given institution (e.g., a system of civil or criminal justice, or a subsystem thereof) or as something that is separate, independent, or even opposed to it? Is it proposed in a spirit of continuity, juxtaposition, integration, bifurcation, or rupture, in comparison with existing practices? Is the integration or, on the contrary, the separation of mediation from the traditional practices of the institution a founding principle of mediation, or does it result from the conditions of the implementation of mediation? Does the trajectory of the relationship between mediation and the institution ultimately lead to the reform of the institution or, rather, to the distortion of mediation? This list of questions is not exhaustive; it is supposed to help the speakers decide what the main issues are with respect to the relationship between mediation and institutions, both from a theoretical perspective and on the basis of empirical observations.                             

THURSDAY  11  JULY, 2019

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP, with Liliana KREMER: Intercultural Mediation

8.30 – 12.00 am First Group  

1.30 – 5.00 pm Second Group 

This practical workshop, in spanish (morning) and in french (afternoon) will be translated in english.

Places

  • Université du Luxembourg, Campus de Belval - 2, avenue de l'Université
    Esch-sur-Alzette, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019

Keywords

  • médiation, résolution de conflit, médiation sociale, médiation interculturelle, médiation familiale, médiation scolaire, médiation pénale, médiation commerciale, justice réparatrice, droit et médiation, justice et médiation

Contact(s)

  • Pascale Neuman
    courriel : pascale [dot] worldmediationforum [at] hotmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Pascale Neuman
    courriel : pascale [dot] worldmediationforum [at] hotmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Mediation: A transversal approach with multiple purposes », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, October 25, 2018, https://calenda.org/491275

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