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1 Mediation Northern Ireland Mediation, violence and conflict Brendan McAllister

2 Values within mediation Non-violence –to promote or defend justice by serving truth, with compassion. Independence – from state control or sectional interests. Justice –served by building and maintaining right relationships.

3 The idea of mediation A mediator is a neutral third party Mediation is about conflict resolution It is about inter-personal conflict It is needs-based Realities of the Northern Ireland context A cross-generational conflict Change happens incrementally Intervention must be systemic Much of the conflict is identity-based Indigenous practitioners can only be impartial Image: Security gates on the peace line at Lanark Way, Belfast. Source:

4 A concept of mediation - 1 Definition: mediation involves an impartial outsider helping people affected by conflict or division to engage each other to effect positive change to their situation. Functions: assisting communication improving understandings supporting creative thinking exploring accommodations facilitating agreements. Image: Dialogue

5 A concept of mediation - 2 Three civic tasks: 1. Conflict intervention 2. Building good relations 3. Promoting social partnership Dimensions of societal reconciliation: Agreed law and order Economic development Social progress

6 Methodology Conciliation: working with each side separately Facilitation: mediation without fanfare; relatively superficial. Mediation: Inter-personal Systemic Inter-group

7 Mediation Northern Ireland strategy Practice: Casework: intervention in specific, short-lived disputes Projects: longer term, systemic change Training: developing skills Education: facilitating learning

8 Mediation Northern Ireland sectors of work Beyond Northern Ireland Neighbourhoods and Communities Policing Local Governance Housing

9 EU support to Mediation Northern Ireland - 1 A Place Apart: the Mediation Development Centre The Monitors Project: civic peacekeeping on the streets Supporting Learning: travel and conferences (Norway; Helsinki; Cyprus; Mediation U.K. conference in England; World Mediation Forum in Geneva; Summer School in U.S.A. - 4 people; Nordic Mediation Conference, Helsinki – 3 people; Global Migration Forum in Geneva)

10 EU support to Mediation Northern Ireland - 2 The Civic Leadership Project: Boston- on Policing (2003) Leuven- on Restorative Justice in Europe (2005) Amsterdam- on Migration and Diversity (2005) Newry- on The Challenge of Change Convention (2006)

11 EU support to Mediation Northern Ireland - 3 European Mediation Conference, Belfast, 8 -10 April 2008 Building Relationships and Getting Results. Objectives: To reflect on the task of building peace for Europe and the world. To explore developments in the practice of mediation. To raise awareness of mediation among policy makers, opinion formers and the general public. To strengthen relationships in the European mediation field. To make a record of the conference widely available.

12 EU support to M ediation Northern Ireland – 4 The Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation Strategic Leadership seminars (2000 – 2001) Staff training in mediation and peacebuilding (2000 – 2001) MCIC Study Visits to Belfast: Senior Journalists (2004) Church and Faith leaders (2006) Address by MCIC Director, Community Relations Conference, Belfast (2007) MNI Director at U.N./O.S.C.E. mediation seminar, Geneva (2007)

13 o Thank you for your attention o Questions?

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