Articles published

Feelings and Emotions in the Mediation Process

By Alicia García-Herrera
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 1

When managing conflicts, moods, feelings, and emotions, even the slightest ones, can influence the development of conflicts and condition human behaviour. The challenge for Mediators is to redress the affective states of the parties and to create a calm space that allows communication, improvement of relations between the parties, and the adoption of consensual agreements, or even both. The purpose of the present paper is to reflect on the main tools mediators rely on to identify and restructure negative emotions, both on an intrapersonal and interpersonal level. Reformulations, recontextualizations or, if necessary, a caucus, will reduce tensions and aid to cope with anger, a frequent emotion that can generate interferences in the mediation process. Although mediation favours the catharsis of affects, it is not therapy, so both interventions must be differentiated.

The Opportunity of Mediation for Social Interventions with People with Disabilities

By Emilia Iglesias Ortuño y Elvira Medina Ruiz
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 1

People with disabilities represent a population group that, because of the circumstances that render its interaction in society complicated, generates situations of conflict that make them a vulnerable group. The political and legal machinery of the Welfare State should adopt protective, intervention and inclusion strategies aimed at improving the quality of life and the presence of this group in the social fabric based on recognition, participation and inclusion. Mediation is presented as an element that enhances this set of initiatives or political and social responses for addressing the conflicts that might arise from situations of vulnerability of the persons with disabilities, providing a positive, reparative, inclusive and empowering view that ensures personal autonomy and also the respect for human rights.

Approach to Community Mediation. Challenges

By Julio Piedra Cristóbal
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 1

This paper deals with mediation as an alternative, voluntary and non-judicial form of conflict resolution. Specifically, it focuses on neighborhood or community mediation, due to the social, cultural and improvement of the coexistence implications it contributes with. This type of mediating process is defined and characterized, including some considerations about the mediator figure and a few real experiences (in Spanish cities and in countries like Argentina) in order to see how it works in an applied way. In conclusion, a summary of its advantages in strengthening the communities is presented, as well as a reflection on the future perspectives of this process. To make society aware of community mediation as an instrument for improving coexistence, to reflect on the specific training of mediators, to empower citizens through tools that take root in the culture of agreement, and to define protocols for action to face neighborhood conflicts are some of the challenges.

The Pound Conference and the Adaptation of the Conflict Resolution Method

By Helena Soleto Muñoz
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 1

This article aims to approach the historical foundation of how conflict resolution systems were organized in relation to the Justice Procedural Systems. The paper presents the Pound Conference of 1976 and its predecessor of 1906 and the importance of the contributions of Professor Sander in the 21st century for the integration of adequate conflict resolution systems into an overarching concept of the Justice Systems in the 21st century. This paper addresses also the quality of the justice systems, indicating that in the different quantitative and qualitative mediation models, adequate or alternative conflict resolution methods, such as mediation, are relevant; lastly, the paper shows the trend towards the expansion of the adequate and of higher quality multi-door methods used for conflict resolution in the most advanced countries.

Bertha Von Suttner and the Peace Conferences

By Marcelo Rodríguez Rivollier
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 9 No. 2

This article introduces one of the most important figures of the peace movement, Bertha von Suttner, a woman that lived between the 19thand the 20thcenturies and showed with her life and deeds that «the fight» for peace can be waged and wined over with determination, resources and conviction. She was the creator and promotor of several peace associations and conferences, and her actions focused on the dissemination of the ideals for peace that were later taken on by the Organization of the United Nations, among other. Her life and endeavors are still alive today, and some international organizations owe their existence to her.

Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Peace Mediator in the Chaco War

By Claudio M. Conforti Carlomagno
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 9 No. 2

After years of negotiations, with the support of the Peace Conference of Buenos Aires, and the key contribution of Dr. Carlos Saavedra Lamas, a Nobel Peace Laureate, the Peace, Friendship and Border Treaty was signed by Bolivia and Paraguay, with the mediation of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and the United States. The Chaco War was a tough test of the democratic principles upheld by the American continent.

Dag Hammarskjöld: Apostle of Mediation

By Manish Thapa
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 9 No. 2

Dag Hammarskjöld es considerado uno de los mejores Secretarios Generales de las Naciones Unidas, entre los más dinámicos e influyentes. Es uno de los diplomáticos más proactivos cuyo legado duradero se centra en la diplomacia tranquila, el mantenimiento de la paz y la ayuda al desarrollo. Estas tres características fundamentales de las Naciones Unidas de hoy en día son el resultado de las ideas de Hammarskjöld. Su legado en las Naciones Unidas se considera un faro y una leyenda para aquellos que busquen el camino hacia la paz y la seguridad internacional, y una brújula moral para los funcionarios internacionales. Este artículo intenta captar parte de la contribución a su conocida «diplomacia tranquila» (mediación privada informal) para resolver algunas de las peores crisis que ha visto el mundo.

Jimmy Carter, the Profile of a Mediator. Personal Stories and Lessons Learned

By Francisco Diez
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 9 No. 2

Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize 21 years after failing in his bid to be reelected as President of the United States. He has served as Mediator in a large number of conflicts around the world, several of them in Latin America. Francisco Diez worked with Carter in various roles for 20 years and offers a set of stories and lessons learned relevant for building the role of a mediator. He presents here the importance of personal relationship and the building of trust as well as the conviction that reality is built from the decisions of people. The stories and anecdotes give us the profile of an exceptional human being who published almost 50 books and who at 92 years of age is still taking care of the world. Carter has all the virtues that a Mediator needs, and here many of them are revealed, firsthand.

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