Organized crime, mediation, and violence: Is mediation an avenue for tackling violence? Lessons learned and best practices

A Talk by Felipe Botero, Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Juan Camilo Cock, Óscar Escobar and Benjamin Smith
GI-TOC, Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC), Fundación Alvaralice, Municipality of Palmira,Colombia and Centre for Humanitarian Diaolgue

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Mediation is an alternative mechanism for dispute settlement, commonly used when enforcement is ineffective. It has been increasingly seen as an effective means to prevent, manage and resolve disputes in both conflict and non-conflicted environments, including, for example, in the prevention of inter and intra-gang violence. However, with the growing complexity of contemporary conflicts, many questions arise regarding this method and the role of the mediator in conducting such processes. How to guarantee a comprehensive support to mediators and to their processes, making them the most effective one to prevent violence? How to ensure the role of women as leaders of the mediation? What way governments, civil society and international community can support these efforts? The session aims to present an overview about lessons learned on mediation processes and discuss those questions

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Felipe Botero

He has extensive academic and professional experience in peace building, DDR, Human Rights, citizen security, and civic participation.

Yvette Chesson-Wureh

Juris Doctorate Counsellor at Law of the United States Supreme Court Executive Board Member of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia Initiator of The Women's Situation Room Establishment Coordinator of the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace & Security Co-Chair of ECOWAS Femwise

Óscar Escobar

Mayor of Palmira, Colombia. Economist with a Master's degree in Public Policy. Experience in the analysis, monitoring and evaluation of public policies. Programmatic advising to political campaigns, research and academic monitoring.

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