Save the date for this one-day flagship event which will focus on the theme 'Inclusion and exclusion in mediation: Choosing to challenge?'
This year's symposium is an international learning exchange on challenging and changing exclusion in mediation practice, research and usage. Now in its 14th year, this annual event will continue to draw together presentations and deliberations around the evolving world of mediation.
The keynote address will be delivered by Louis Germain, Chief of Office (Director) and Deputy UN Ombudsman in the UN Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS).
Programme* (*Please note that this programme is subject to change. Times listed as UK time.)
09.30am - Welcome address and outline of the day
10.00am - Keynote address
10.30am - Break / Informal discussion rooms
10.45am - Introduction to session one
11.00am - Session one
12.30am - Break / Informal discussion rooms
12.45am - Intro to session two
1.00pm - Session two
2.30pm - Break / Informal discussion rooms
2.45pm - Plenary discussion
3.45pm - Closing remarks
4.45pm - End of formal meeting / Informal networking
6.00pm - End of meeting
More information and online booking will be available shortly.
CIArb invites abstracts to participate in the 2021 Mediation Symposium. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 June 2021, 5.00pm UK time.
Louis Germain is a conflict resolution specialist with particular interest in workplace related conflicts.
For almost 40 years, he has served with the United Nations – at Headquarters and in the field – in the areas of mediation, informal conflict resolution, and human resources. During his long career, he has successfully enabled the informal resolution of conflicts within UN Offices in many parts of the world.
Mr. Germain served as the first UN Regional Ombudsman and Mediator for Western Europe, paving the way to the institutionalisation of the practice of informal conflict resolution within all UN Secretariat entities in that region.
In his present role of Chief of Office (Director), and Deputy UN Ombudsman in the UN Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS), Mr. Germain is responsible for all of UNOMS operational activities and oversees its eight regional offices which are located, respectively, in Bangkok (Thailand), Entebbe (Uganda), Geneva (Switzerland), Goma (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Nairobi (Kenya), New York (USA), Vienna (Austria), Santiago de Chile (Chile). During his tenure, the Office engaged in a review of its global operations with a view towards expanding its field presence. As a result of his efforts, UNOMS will soon open a ninth regional office in the Middle East region. He also serves as the main point of contact with substantive Departments, and represents the Office at intergovernmental deliberations of the General Assembly and its subsidiary organs on UNOMS’ work and activities.
A survivor of the Haiti Earthquake of 2010, Mr. Germain further contributed, through his work in Haiti in the aftermath of the tremor, to the Organisation’s new emphasis on providing material and psychosocial support to its staff and family members adversely affected by critical incidents (natural or otherwise). He often describes his humanitarian work in Haiti as arguably one of the most important of his life.
Mr. Germain is a national of Haiti who grew up and undertook much of his studies in the United States. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland. He is married and has five children.