Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Council on Mediation was established in November 2012 with the objective of promoting more systematic exchanges between leading academics/institutions working on conflict prevention and mediation in different regions and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

Linking theory and academic analysis with practice, the Academic Advisory Council also aims to support the generation and dissemination of knowledge for mediation practitioners and their support staff, to foster debate between academics and practitioners, and to build a broad network among academics on mediation.


The work of the Academic Advisory Council is organized through a Steering Committee, which consists of DPA’s Mediation Support Unit (MSU) and the following scholars:


Nimet Beriker

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul.


Mely Caballero Anthony

Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Peter T. Coleman

Professor and Director, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University.


Mônica Herz

Professor and Director, International Relations Institute, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.


Jean Paul Lederach

Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies; University of Notre Dame.


Laurie Nathan

Extraordinary Professor and Director, Centre for Mediation in Africa, University of Pretoria.


Peter Wallensteen

Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University; and Senior Research Professor of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.


I. William Zartman

Professor Emeritus, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.



Academic Council meeting with the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at UN Headquarters (November 2012)
Academic Council meeting with the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at UN Headquarters (November 2012)


Terms of Reference of the Academic Advisory Council on Mediation
December, 2012
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