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Durham Global Security Institute

Conflict Mediation

Course Date: 1-3 February 2018

Course Leader: Dr Catherine Turner, Lecturer in the Durham Law School

Dr Catherine Turner is a lecturer in law. She is a member of the Durham Global Security Institute, and the Law and Global Justice Research Cluster in Durham Law School. Catherine’s research focuses on international law and conflict. She has published extensively in the field of transitional justice, exploring the possibilities and the limitations of law as a framework for post conflict reform. Her book Violence, Law and the Impossibility of Transitional Justice (Routledge, 2016) pursues a comprehensive theoretical inquiry into the foundation and evolution of transitional justice, exploring the reasons for resistance to transitional justice and the ways in which law itself is complicit in perpetuating conflict. This book is the subject of Catherine’s ESRC IAA funded project ‘Why Deal with the Past? Addressing the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland’.

In addition to her work on transitional justice Catherine writes on issues of post-conflict reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on ensuring effective participation in negotiation processes. She is the Guest Editor of a special section of Global Policy on the theme of Law and Negotiation in Conflict, bringing together academics and policy makers to explore how peace negotiations can be made more inclusive.

Guest Lecturer: Enda Young - Trainer, Mediator and Consultant

Enda is a certified Mediator with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland and has delivered a number of workshops in Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, Romania, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates on conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation. Enda is also a successful consultant and is Co-founder and Director of Transformative Connections which is a technology and research consultancy organisation promoting peacebuilding and positive social change. He provides training, research and consultancy to the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland.

Course Summary

Mediation can be described as a process of engagement by an outside third party into a conflict with the objective of facilitating dialogue and promoting negotiation with the objective of ending the violence and bringing the disputing parties to a dialogue table to talk about resolving their conflict. This course will focus on the operational skills and techniques necessary for mediation of violent conflict.

The first part of the course will look at mediation concepts and terminology, and locate mediation within the broader spectrum of intervention approaches such as arbitration, facilitation, negotiation, and reconciliation. Course participants will practice and refine foundational mediation skills using role plays based around personal and community conflict simulation exercises. The second part of the course will build on day one and look at international mediation, with a particular focus on ‘non-official’ mediation as examined through the lens of an international mediation simulation exercise.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • have developed and practiced skills and techniques necessary for effective mediation and have more confidence in their own mediation skills and capability
  • have an advanced knowledge of third-party mediation processes and how these are impacted upon by internal and external influences
  • be able to design a mediation process within an ethical framework that incorporates good practice and accountability

Course participants will be sent necessary briefing papers in advance of the workshop.

Course Outline

Friday 2 February 2018

  1. Mediation: Why Mediation? What is it? Definitions, Concepts, Terminology
  2. Personal Mediation Skills and Qualities
  3. Mediation Analysis Tools
  4. A Mediation Process
  5. Building a Mediation Team
  6. Ethical Questions
  7. Community Mediation Exercise

Saturday 3 February 2018

  1. International ‘non-official’ mediation case studies illustrating issues of: power imbalances; political violence; state-non/ state actors; legitimacy; access; strategies; sequencing; motivation; accountability
  2. International Mediation Exercise
  3. Debrief

Course Fees: £280 per course

What is included:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Welcome dinner
  • Lunch and refreshments for Friday and Saturday
  • Saturday dinner
  • Bed and breakfast for two nights (additional nights can be secured at £50.00 per night)

Deadline for applications

Two weeks before the course commences.


A non-refundable deposit of £200 must be paid with the booking, the balance is due on Friday the week preceding the commencement of the course.

Once the deposit has been paid access will be given to the course website which includes preparatory reading materials and a full programme.

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