XIth Conference - ONLINE

Current Conflicts of Humanity: New Challenges for Mediation

24 to 27 October 2022
Lisbon Time - UTC +00:00
15:00 / 16:30 Round-tables
17:00 / 19:00 Workshops

CALL FOR PAPERS

This Conference is taking place in a special context, not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because of the significant challenges that humanity faces and will face. In the coming decades, societies will have to confront various challenges, rooted in the social transformations we are currently experiencing, such as migration flows; intra-state and inter-state armed conflicts; the breakdown of representative democracy; new forms of mobilization and demands (including the use of social media), and radicalization (political and religious extremism); climate crisis; health crisis; gender and racial gaps; growing social inequalities; digital turn, etc.

It is in this context that the XIth World Mediation Forum Conference, held Online, proposes to discuss, in the framework of three round tables, the potential of mediation to constitute a constructive and adapted response to these conflicts and deep changes.

If you are an academic that studies mediation or a mediation practitioner, we invite you to send your paper, to be discussed in a workshop in the XIth WMF Conference.

Your abstract is welcome, in order to share your thoughts, research or practice related to mediation and, whenever possible, reflecting on the issues of the Conference.

A Participation Certificate will be issued by the World Mediation Forum.

Join us online next October, from the 24 to 27.

Working Languages: English, Spanish, and French.

Simultaneous translation (roundtables only): English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

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Abstract's deadline submission - 19 June 2022

Three main subjects, three main round-tables...

Is mediation adaptable to social transformations?

Whether on a global or national scale, societies are shaped by deep changes that generate antagonisms: the climate crisis, the health crisis, intra-state armed conflicts, gender and racial gaps, growing social inequalities, migration flows, the breakdown of representative democracy, new forms of mobilization and demands (including the use of social media) and radicalization (political and religious extremism), etc.

Emerging in an altered societal context, is mediation still an appropriate approach to deal with these transformations and conflicts?

Should it be reconfigured or even subsumed by new mechanisms of regulation and resolution of conflicts?

Should we revisit the process, the purposes of mediation or the training of mediators?

In the end, is mediation transformed by this social change or can mediation still be operational in this context of social transformations and new conflicts?

What about Mediation and biodiversity?

Increasing biodiversity might be the greatest challenge human relationships faces on the Anthropocene Era.

Fresh water resources and sewage treatment management, increasingly acid ocean and vulnerability of carbonate shell plankton’s species, global warming, diseases in pollinators caused by pesticide use, expansion of agricultural land, hidden virus’s potential threat to humans, world population growth, megacities and transportation, energy turn, are current concerns of Academics, International Organizations, National Governments, ONG’s and Citizens. All these social facts are crucial to increase our chances of survival.

However, despite of Rio, Tokyo and Paris summits and its Declarations or Treats in the last decades, there has been a stop and go, and stop again, approach to biodiversity and natural resources management, expanding conflicts between States, Communities, Corporations and Citizens.

What about mediation to help those actors to find new solutions and compromises towards an environmental turn? How can mediation foster confidence between them? Would mediation be an alternative to the imposition of environmental laws, by opening the discussion, welcoming different points of view, and finding new solutions? Can mediation resolve environmental conflicts resulting from individual activities?

Which place could take mediation in the digital turn?

The “digital turn” is a process by which life in society fully integrates digital technologies into all its activities. It likely increased during the pandemic, affecting communication, negotiation and conflict resolution practices, among many others.

In the face of this, it is important to reflect on the specific relationship between mediation and the technological environment of its implementation. As a complex relationship, which can be conceived in different ways, we propose a few questions that can help its formulation, both theoretical and practical.

Is mediation designed differently depending on the technological environment in which it takes place?  What are the effects of “new technologies” on mediation practices? Are there any elements of rupture, or continuity, between “traditional” mediation and digital tool based mediation? Does the inclusion of mediation in this new environment lead to a transformation of some of its founding principles? This list of questions is not exhaustive, rather useful to stimulate reflection on the relationship between mediation and digital turn, both on conceptual and empirical issues.

 

Program

... an ebook...

Papers presented in the Conference will be published in the digital review Lex Electronica (review of the Reseach Centre for Public Law of University of Montreal).

Texts must be submitted before 31 January 2023 to: publishing@wmf-fmm.org

... and a Training Session

Digital mediation practices: issues, challenges, strengths and limitations

A three-hour training course is offered on October 27,  on the theme of digital mediation. Participants will be introduced to the practices of digital mediation in terms of both the techniques and skills required and the challenges posed by this use of mediation.

In particular, the advantages, limitations and risks of digital mediation on the relational, emotional, ethical, legal and economic levels will be discussed. The training will allow participants to acquire know-how and skills but also to become familiar with the central issues and debates surrounding this new use of mediations. 

Organizing and Scientific Committees

  • Rui Pinto de Almeida, CLEPUL, University of Lisbon;
  • Riccardo Cappi, State University of Bahia, Brazil;
  • Mylène Jaccoud, University of Montreal, Canada;
  • Marie-Claude Barbeau-Le Duc, Coordinator, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Philippe Boucher, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Luciana Marinho, State University of Bahia, Brazil;

Abstract submission details

Please follow the abstract guidelines and send the abstract to abstracts.wmf21@wmf-fmm.org  before 19 June 2022.

To facilitate the submission process and the subsequent follow-up process, please consider the following guidelines, information, tips, terms and deadlines mentioned.

Guidelines for the Abstract structure

  • Abstracts should represent the original work, and must be no longer than 350 words.
  • The Abstracts could be related to one of the three main subjects (round-tables) or to another theme.
  • The Abstract should be written in English, Spanish or French, one of the three official languages of the WMF.
  • Please join a brief biography with your Abstract.
  • Proposal not conformed to guidelines will be refused; author.s should submit an other one in respect with guidelines..
  • Proposal submitted after the deadline will be refused.
  • The abstract should be submitted in the format of MS Word (.doc or .docx) document.
  • Keywords must be included (no more than 06 words).
  • Please do not include subheadings, bullets, lists and header/footer in the abstract.
  • There shall be no citations or references in the abstract specifically.
  • If there is a need to cite references, please provide the sources in brackets.
  • Abstract titles should be short, but descriptive. 
  • Acronyms should be written in full the first time, mentioned in the text, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
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  • Please, indicate your name, surname, professional or academic affiliations, and country of residence (please, fill an affiliation by author).

Abstract submission

Once you prepared your abstract according to the above guidelines,

  • Submit your abstract to abstracts.wmf21@wmf-fmm.org.
  • After submission you will be acknowledged of the receipt of the abstract via an email within three working days.

Other important dates

Abstract acceptance notification – 31 July 2022
Deadline payment – 17 October 2022
Deadline for the submission of full articles (peer review) – 31 January 2023

Conference registration

Before 03 august 2022

Regular – 41,00€

Student – 29,00€

Training – 35,00€

Conference + Training – 60,00€

GST+HST Canadian taxes included

On and after 04 august 2022

Regular – 58,00€

Student – 47,00€

Training – 52,00€

Conference + Training – 90,00€

GST+HST Canadian taxes included

Same fees for speakers and attendees.

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Any inquiries on Abstracts, Registration and Payments, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Mrs. Marie-Claude Barbeau-Le Duc, at coord.wmf@wmf-fmm.org

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