Christian Radu Chereji
Christian Radu Chereji is professor of conflict studies at Babe?-Bolyai University (BBU) in Cluj, Romania. He is a conflict anthropologist with an interest in traditional conflict management practices and has worked on mediation-related research project in Greece, Turkey, United States and Uganda, among others. He was a 2013-14 Fulbright Senior Scholar, and founded the Conflict Studies Center at BBU. Christian is the senior editor of the Conflict Studies Quarterly journal, one of the few academic journals dedicated to conflict studies in all their inter-disciplinary aspects. Christian is also a practicing mediator, and one of the pioneers of mediation in Romania. He has acted as a consultant to the national body regulating mediation in Romania, to the Romanian Parliament on mediation legislation, and to the Prime Minister of Romania on mediation policymaking. He has trained more than 700 mediators in Romania and has published many articles on mediation, negotiation and strategic decision-making. As a mediator, he focuses on public policy disputes, conservation and development conflicts and business-community disputes. In 2018, he worked as an international expert for USAID-SAFE on a community-based mediation design and implementation project in Uganda. Christian is accredited as mediator by the Romanian Council of Mediation (2008) and has been an IMI Certified Mediator since 2011.
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Articles and Video:
6th Key-Government: Help Governments Lead Mediation into the Mainstream
Governments play a vital role in the advent of a Golden Age of mediation in three critical areas: generating robust data; mobilizing public and professional engagement; and, most visibly of all, inspiring uptake and demonstrating that they “walk the talk”.
Mediating Blood Feuds in the Cretan Mountains
One tradition on Crete is the persistence of blood feuds, conflicts between clans that go for generations, involving armed violence and bloodshed.
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?
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.