Graduate Student Workshop on Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy and Mediation



The Global Governance Institute (GGI), in cooperation with Vesalius College of Global Affairs and the United Nations University for Comparative Regional Integration studies (UNU-CRIS), has the pleasure of inviting you to a one-day intensive graduate student seminar on “Promoting Peace in Theory and Practice: Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy and Mediation”. The workshop features academic and practitioners with extensive experience in mediation and conflict resolution approaches in national, regional and international contexts, with particular insights on the track-record of the UN, EU and OSCE in the field of non-violent approaches to the promotion of peace and security. It will be take place on 23rd November from 10AM – 3.30PM at UNU-CRIS in Bruges. The workshop is primarily aimed at students following the MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (MA GPSSS) at Vesalius College  but a small number of places is also free for externals. Please send an email to

For more information, please consult the outline here.

Speakers include:

Professor Joachim Koops is Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College of Global Affairs and Director of the Global Governance Institute (GGI). He is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and European Approaches to UN Peacekeeping: Towards Stronger Re-engagement (with G. Tercovich). Previously, he served as Advisor to the UN Department of UN Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Standby High Readiness Brigade for UN Operations as well as the European Parliament and European Commission on security and defence issues.

Professor Madeleine Hosli is Director of UNU-CRIS and Professor of International Relations at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University, where she also heads the MA in Diplomacy and International Relations. Professor Hosli has published extensively on issues related to international political economy, international organisations and European integration.

Holger Osterrieder is a German Diplomat and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Diplomatic Practice at VeCo. He has extensive experience in serving in various peacekeeping, peacebuilding and mediation missions and institutions, including for the EU European External Action Service’s (EEAS) ‘CSDP, Conflict Response and prevention’ unit and the EU EEAS’ ‘conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding unit’. Previously, he served as the Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy in Bamako (Mali), as an Advisor to the UN Security Council Mission of Germany and as a Deputy Head of Mission in Mongolia.

Halil Kosumi currently works for the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels. Previously, he worked as a Project Officer for the UNDP at the United Nations Kovoso Team / Secretariat of the Office of the Prime Minister, working on transitional justice and conflict resolution aspects. Previously, he served as Senior Legal Officer for the UNHCR in Kosovo and on Human Rights, Rule of Law, Minority issues for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna.

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