Presentation Keynote speakers


ROUNDTABLES - 9 and 10 July 2019


First roundtable: Is mediation a way to prevent conflicts ? 

Benoît Bastard (France) 

Benoit Bastard is a sociologist, Director Emeritus for research at the CNRS and a member of the Institut des sciences politiques at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay. His work is focused on the functioning of the judicial institution, on the legal professionals and on families. His research in this area has focused on the functioning of couples as well as social intervention in situations of marital breakdown. In the 1980s, he published the first study on family mediation services in France and has since continued to monitor the evolution of the mediation profession. He is currently Dean of Teaching at the Judicial Environment Unit at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature. Bibliography: Benoit Bastard, Laura Cardia-Vonèche, "L'irrésistible diffusion de la médiation familiale", Annales de Vaucresson, n° 29, 1988/2, pp. 169-198; Benoit Bastard, Laura Cardia-Vonèche, "Le divorce autrement : la médiation familiale", Paris, Syros, 1990; Benoit Bastard, Laura Cardia-Vonèche, "L'institutionnalisation de l'informel : la mort d' une bonne idée? L'exemple de la médiation familiale", (La pratique du droit de la famille), n°2, 2000, p. 216-230; Benoit Bastard, "Mais à qui profite la médiation familiale? ", Dialogue, n° 170, 2005, p. 65-80; Laura Cardia-Vonèche, Benoit Bastard, "Invention du possible ou apprentissage obligé? Négociation et ordre social dans la médiation familiale", in Hélène Michel, Laurent Willemez (eds) ; "La justice au risque des profanes", Paris, PUF, 2007, p. 79-93 ; Benoit Bastard "Un processus de professionnalisation au détriment de la profession? La médiation familiale en France", in Didier Vrancken, Christophe Dubois, Frédéric Schoenaers (eds.); "Penser la négociation. Mélanges en hommage à Olgierd Kuty", Liège, De Boeck, 2008, p.17-28.

Link to Benoît Bastard's Website, click here: Benoit Bastard 


Masengesho Kamuzinzi (Rwanda)

Masengesho Kamuzinzi is a professor at the University of Rwanda and a member of the Association Guerrir les Bléssures de la Vie (Association to Heal Life’s Wounds)  where he is in charge of the institute of professionalization: l’Institut Africain pour la Psychologique Intégrale (the African Institute for Integral Psychology).   He holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven/Belgium from September 2007. His early research focused on "how public policy models developed in the West are contextualized in Africa".  Coming from a country that is deeply traumatized by political choices based on antagonistic (polemic?) cleavages that are difficult to reconcile (e.g. racism, regionalism) and seeking alternative ways out of conflicts, his current research is oriented towards "how traditional thinking patterns broaden current models of mediation, conflict management, and care for victims of sexual and/or domestic violence. The African Institute for Integral Psychology for which he is in charge is currently experimenting with the "added value" of restorative justice in dealing with conflicts and injustices in post-conflict societies in the African Great Lakes Region. His recent publications related to the fields of mediation and conflict management include: Kamuzinzi, M. (2017). Understanding the innermost nature of genocidal rape. Rwanda Journal,  4, 62-86. Publisher: AJOL ; Kamuzinzi, M.(2016). Jeu stratégique et Empathie Altruiste dans le processus de réconciliation Post-Gacaca. Déviance et Société, 40 (3), 347-368. Maison Edition : Médecine et Hygiène. Kamuzinzi, M. (2016). Identity in Adolescents Born From Genocidal Rape. International Journal of Identity: Theory and Practice, 16(3), 169-181. Publisher: Taylor and Francis/Routledge ; Kamuzinzi, M. (2015). Altruism” And “Strategic Game” In Post-Genocide Interpersonal Reconciliation. Process. Rwanda Journal, 2, 49-64. Publisher: AJOL. Kamuzinzi, M. (2012). Gacaca a-t-il atteint ses objectifs ? Revue Dialogue, Janvier, 2012. Kamuzinzi, M. (2012). Contribution des prêtres, des religieuses et des religieux au processus de réconciliation nationales, Revue Dialogue, Avril, 2012.  


Antonia Potter Prentice (Belgium

Antonia Potter Prentice has wide ranging experience on a range of humanitarian, development, peacemaking and peacebuilding issues. She has lived and worked extensively in, and on, conflict and post-war environments; increasingly specialised in women’s empowerment she has worked directly with women and peace process actors in countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Yemen, and at the global policy level.

Antonia is currently the Director of Alliance2015, a strategic alliance of globally active European based humanitarian and development organisations. Previously she was the Senior Manager on Mediation Support, Gender and Inclusion for the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). Undertaking this role in her Athena capacity, Antonia provided strategic and programmatic direction and advice across CMI’s operational and policy projects. She also acted as Senior Adviser to the European Institute for Peace, interim Senior Gender Adviser to the Joint Peace Fund for Myanmar, and provided technical advice to UN Women and the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Yemen peace process.

Antonia has been Senior Advisor to the Dialogue Advisory Group; Senior Associate to the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Project Manager and Senior Adviser for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue(HD) project, ‘Women at the Peace Table – Asia Pacific’ (2010-2013), having initiated HD’s work on these issues in 2005 when on staff. She has provided expert support to the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and Terre des Hommes. She was Country Director for Oxfam GB in Indonesia, its largest programme in South-East Asia, from 2008 to 2010 and has worked for a number of NGOs, mostly in Asia, having been based in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Switzerland (Geneva), Timor-Leste, the USA (New York) and currently, Belgium (Brussels). She also sits on the board of the Democratic Progress Institute and is a mentor in the Women in International Security Mentoring Programme. Antonia has a degree in Classics from Oxford University and a Masters of Science in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For details see here.


Second roundtable: Is mediation a mode of regulation or of securing?

Dan Kaminski (Belgium

PhD in Criminology at UCLouvain (Belgium), Bachelor of Law at UCL (Catholic University of Louvain), Degree in Criminology at UCLB (Catholic University of Louvain), Full Professor at UCL, School of Criminology (Faculty of Law and Criminology), teaching many subjects including: Introduction to Criminology, Sociology of Penalty, Qualitative Methodology, Sociology of the Administration of Criminal Justice, History of criminology, Visiting professor at the University of Lubumbashi – Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2010), President of CRID & P (since September 2009), President of the School of Criminology (2007-2009) since 2007, Coordinator (with Yves Cartuyvels) of the "Criminal, local and school mediation" module of the Interuniversity Certificate in Mediation (Louvain Academy), author of many books including: « Pénalité, management, innovation », Namur, Presses Universitaires de Namur, 2010 and « Condamner. Une analyse des pratiques pénales », Toulouse, Eres, 2015.

Link to the: Curriculum Vitae of Dan Kaminski


George Pavlich (Canada)

George Pavlich holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture, and Law and is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He received his BA and BA (Hons) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), an MA from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. His research interests include the overlapping areas of social theory, socio-legal studies, restorative justice, sociology of law, and critical criminology.  He is the author of numerous journal articles and books in these areas, including, Justice fragmented: mediating community disputes under postmodern conditions (Routledge, 1996), Critique and radical discourses on crime. (Ashgate, 2000), Governing paradoxes of restorative justice (Glasshouse, 2005 - nominated for the Hart/SLSA Book Prize, 2006), Law and Society Redefined (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Criminal accusation: political rationales and socio-legal practices, (Routledge, 2018). He is a co-editor of Sociology for the asking; questioning sociology (Oxford U Press, 3 editions); After sovereignty; governance and regulation in social life (Routledge); Rethinking law, society, and governance: Foucault’s bequest (Hart); Accusation: creating criminals (UBC Press), and Entryways to criminal justice: accusation and criminalization in Canada (University of Alberta Press, in process). A frequent speaker at international events, Professor Pavlich has initiated a broader research program drawing on social, legal, and political theory to interrogate the opening moments of criminalizing processes through which certain people are selected to be governed as 'criminals'. His critical interventions into the fields of restorative justice, criminal accusation, and criminal justice variously aim to limit the number of people who enter punitive and expanding criminal justice arenas. At the same time, working of restorative justice thought, it seeks socially inclusive, but effective, ways to govern many actions now defined as crime. His work points to the value of increasing social attachments over exclusionary strategies that align with concepts of crime and punishment.


Maria Paz Garcia-Longoria Serrano (Spain)

Maria Paz Garcia-Longoria Serrano has a degree in social work and holds a PhD in psychology. Full University Professor, by public competition, she is currently Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Murcia, Spain. Since 1997, Maria Paz Garcia-Longoria Serrano has been coordinating the higher studies in mediation in the above-mentioned faculty, which has been developing the Official Master (Bologna) and Doctorate programs since 2007. She is also a professor in charge of the Community Mediation course at the University of Luxembourg. Maria Paz Garcia-Longoria Serrano has supervised seven doctoral theses on conflict resolution and mediation in the fields of education, gender violence and health, among others. She is a member of the editorial boards of several journals, a member of several mediation organizations such as CUEMYC (Conference of Universities on Mediation) and the Professional Association of International Mediators, whose headquarters are located in Monterrey, Mexico. She has published several articles in journals as well as book chapters highlighting mediation as a form of response to family conflicts, the use of mediation as a strategy to improve cohabitation in educational centers, conflicts in Alzheimer's disease, the analysis of interpersonal relationships and conflicts in residential centers for the elderly, alternative systems in cases of gender violence or mediating negotiation in social conflicts.

Link to the: Curriculum Vitae of Maria Paz Garcia-Longoria Serrano  


Third roundtable: What are the ambitions and realities of intercultural mediation?

Lydie Err (Luxembourg)

Lydie Err holds a Master in Law from the Faculty of Law, a diploma from the Institut des Hautes études européennes of Strasbourg University and a Master in Mediation from Kurt Bösch University in Sion (Switzerland). She worked as a lawyer at the Luxembourg Bar, where she served as a mediator at the Luxembourg Bar Mediation Centre. She was elected to the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies. From 1989, she was a member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, where she established the Women’s Rights Commission. From 1999 to 2000, she was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Cooperation and Secretary of State for Public Works. She served as Ombudsman for Luxembourg (2012-2017) and since 2012, she is a member of the Commission Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). Its political commitment is based on defending human rights, in particular, equality between women and men, immigrants, refugees, drug addicts, prostitutes, prisoners. Throughout her career, Lydie Err has worked to promote mediation in various spheres of activity in her country.  


Fadhila Mammar (Spain)

Fadhila Mammar holds an MA in Migration, Refuge and Intercommunity Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as well as a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the Université de Langues et Lettres de Grenoble (France) and a Diploma in Intercultural Mediation from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Fadhila Mammar is free lance intercultural mediator, and conflict resolution consultant and trainer. Nowadays she is specialized in training civil society actors and native people on peaceful conflicts management and as a mediator on intercultural and land conflicts in South America, especially in the Andean region. She is consultant senior for the Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax) in its project Mediation and Conflict Resolution from a Gender Perspective, for the spanish-moroccan Initiative on Mediation in the Mediterranean. Fadhila has been the manager of the Intercultural Social Mediation Service (SEMSI) of Madrid Council from 1999 to 2009. She also gives advice and carries out assessments on cultural diversity management and conflict resolution to Foundations, NGOs and to regional authorities and political administrations.

Michèle Vatz-Laaroussi (Canada)

Michèle Vatz Laaroussi holds a PhD in intercultural psychology and is now a retired associate professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Sherbrooke. She is one of the founders of the Master's degree program in intercultural mediation at the University of Sherbrooke, the only one of its kind in Canada. Her research is focused on immigration and social action with immigrants. In particular, Michèle Vatz Laaroussi is interested in family dynamics in immigration and local dynamics in the face of cultural diversity outside the major cosmopolitan centres. She initiated the International Network for Research on Immigration outside major centres and is a member of the Centre d'études ethniques des Universités de Montréal (CEETUM) as well as the pan-Canadian research network, Pathway to Prosperity. She is also President of the International Association for Intercultural Research. Her latest research focuses on the geographic and social mobility of immigrant and refugee families in Quebec and Canada, English-speaking immigrants and refugees upon arrival in Quebec, the reception and integration processes of women and refugee families, and divorces in migration and mediations between women of different origins and religions. She is the author of the books: Le familial au cœur de l'immigration: les stratégies de citoyenneté des familles immigrantes au Québec et en France (L'Harmattan, 2001), "Mobilités, réseaux et résilience : le cas des familles immigrantes et réfugiées au Québec" (PUQ, 2009) and "Rapports intergénérationnels dans la migration : de la transmission au changement social" (PUQ 2015). Michèle Vatz Laaroussi has edited several intercultural collective works, such as "Family, socio-legal and citizen dynamics in migration. Intertwined "North-South" Views on Transnational Networks" in Éd. L'Harmattan in 2016.  Since 2015, she has been conducting a research project on action mediation with women of all origins and religions in Quebec and in 11 other southern and northern countries. At ARIC, she is the coordinator of Research Axis 7: Women, Intersectionality and Interculturality.  Michèle Vatz Laaroussi is the winner of the 2017 Hector Fabre Prize awarded by the Ministère des relations internationales et de la francophonie du Québec.  


Fourth roundtable: Does the institutionalization of mediation help to reform institutions or does it distort mediation?

Riccardo Cappi (Brazil)

Riccardo Cappi holds a PhD in criminology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, also holds a master's degree in economics. He teaches criminology, clinical criminology, research methodology and criminal policy at the Feira de Santana State University. in Brazil and at the Bahia State University, where he also conducts interdisciplinary research seminars. Riccardo Cappi has also taught in Congo, at the University of Lubumbashi, in juvenile justice and socio-educational measures. As Director of the UNEB and UEFS criminological research group, Mr. Cappi has published numerous articles in various journals, including the most recent ones: A maioridade penal nos debates parlamentares: motivos do controle e figuras do perigo - ed. Belo Horizonte, Letramento, 2017. v. 1. 366p; Motifs du contrôle et figures du danger à la lumière du débat brésilien sur l'âge de la majorité pénale - 1. ed. Belgica: Larcier, 2015. v. 1. 414p; Contando as mortes de jovens negros: narrativas de um real insustentável - Cadernos do CEAS : Revista Crítica de Humanidades, v. 238, p. 543-567, 2016; Where the- danger- lies: the possible contribution of Louvain School for another critical criminology - Revista de Direitos e Garantias Fundamentais (FDV), v. 15, p. 157-175, 2015; Les Manières de penser les réponses étatiques à la délinquance des jeunes, à la lumière des débats brésiliens sur l'âge de la majorité pénale - Revue de science criminelle et de droit pénal comparé, v. 2, p. 517-530, 2015. des relations internationales et de la francophonie du Québec.


Kaijus Ervasti (Finland)

Kaijus Ervasti is Professor and Director of Research at University of Helsinki. He has a PhD Degree in Law from University of Helsinki. He is a Member of the Executive Nordic Network of Court Mediation since 2008 and has been an executive Member of the Finnish Forum for Mediation from 2003 to 2006. He has been involved in many Governmental and Working Groups Committees on issues related to mediation and alternative dispute resolution in Finland and at international levels (court system reform, access to justice, court mediation reform in Finland, development of ADR in Albania and Turkey). He received a Thesis Award from the Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki in 1992, an Award for the Best Published Article in the Periodical Lakimies (Lawyer; Journal of Finnish Lawyer’s Association) in 2000 and 2013, the Bronze Medal from Artikla (Association of the law students in the University of Lapland) in 2015 and an Award from the District Court of Oulu for his work done in court connected to mediation in 2018. He has worked as a trainer in mediation in numerous training programs for judges and attorneys for 13 years. Kaijus Ervasti has given hundreds of presentations to judges, civil servants, law drafters, university students, PhD. students and police officers on civil procedure, conflict resolution, mediation, law drafting and empirical research. Kaijus Ervasti has written 26 books or research reports and about 160 articles and reviews. In 2018, he published with Anna Nylund (Norway) and Lin Adrian (Denmark) Nordic Mediation Research, an empirical book on mediation in Nordic Countries.

Link to the: Curriculum Vitae of Kaijus Ervasti


Sharon Press (United States)

Sharon Press is Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute and a Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she teaches negotiation, mediation, ADR and a mediation clinic.  She currently serves as Co-President of Community Mediation Minnesota, Secretary for Community Mediation and Restorative Services, and immediate past-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.  Press is a Minnesota Supreme Court appointed member of the ADR Ethics Board and is on the Board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.  Press mediates regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center at Ramsey County Conciliation Court.  Previously, Press served as director of Florida’s state court ADR programs.  Press is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution and CPR's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. She is co-author of the textbook: Mediation Theory and Practice (3rd Edition).  Press founded ACR’s International Conflict Resolution Day and was ACR’s representative to the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005) drafting committee.

Link to the: Curriculum Vitae of Sharon Press                            

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