Christian Radu Chereji

Christian Radu Chereji

Christian-Radu Chereji has a BA in History and International Relations (1995) and a PhD in Philosophy/Cultural Studies. He has been gradually introduced to dispute resolution and mediation during stages of training and research in Belgium (1993, 1996, 1996-1997), Britain (1998) and US (1999, 2013-2014). Currently, he is senior lecturer at the Department of Communication at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he teaches Conflict Analysis, Mediation Techniques and Comparative ADR Systems. He is also the founder and director of the Conflict Studies Center, the founder and coordinator of the International Master Program in Crisis and Conflict Management ( and the founder and senior editor of Conflict Studies Quarterly (, an academic journal.

He’s also a practitioner, being a mediator for the last 10 years. He has been accredited by the Council of Mediation (the Romanian body that regulates mediation nationally) in 2008 and certified by the International Mediation Institute in Hague, in 2011. His expertise is mainly related to mediating public-policy disputes and disputes between public authorities and citizens (especially in rural areas). He is a nationally accredited trainer and evaluator of mediators – the outfit he founded, the Transylvanian Institute of Mediation (, has trained more than 700 mediators in the last four years.

He is a Fulbright senior scholar, having spend six months in the United States to study the policies adopted in the US and EU to implement mediation in a comparative manner. He is the author of a number of studies published in various national and international journals, on topics related to mediation, negotiation, ADR programs and policies and traditional methods of conflict management in Africa.

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Articles and Video:

Don't Rush (02/26/15)
There is a lot of talk nowadays about the apparent failure of mediation to live up to its potential. Reports published on paper and online, presented before institutions or at various conferences, point to the relatively low number of mediation cases compared to the number of lawsuits filling the logs of the courts and then draw the inevitable conclusion that mediation has missed the opportunity of (be)coming mainstream.

What Went Wrong with Mediation? (02/07/14)
Presenting recently the results of the study on ‘Rebooting’ the Mediation Directive, Giuseppe de Palo talked about the “European Union mediation paradox” – the existence of a “highly acclaimed, efficient, effective process that very few people use”, in his own words – and the need of “rebooting” the implementation of mediation process in the EU in the light of the limited effects of current legislation upon the number of civil cases mediated.