Training: Peace Mediation (2-3 March 18, Swisspeace, Basel)

Understand the challenges mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements and train your negotiation and mediation skills.

Program Overview

Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. In the last decade the range of actors in mediation has broadened beyond diplomats and UN experts and frequently professional mediators are brought in. Participants gain insights into the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements.

Your benefits

  • Become familiar with the most important concepts, definitions and challenges relevant to negotiation and mediation;
  • Understand what the specific added values of a mediator are for the resolution of conflicts;
  • Practice some inter-personal negotiation techniques;
  • Experience the dynamics of a mediation process;
  • Get a feel of what it is like to be a mediator in the field.


The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on peace mediation.


Dr. David Lanz, Head, Mediation, swisspeace (lead)
Julian Hottinger, Senior Mediation Expert, Human Security Division, Directorate of Political Affairs, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Mathias Zeller, Program Officer, Mediation, swisspeace

Structure & methodology

This 2-day course (Friday/Saturday) is part of the thematic module of the CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials, a postgraduate program that is offered annually by swisspeace and the University of Basel and runs from September to August.

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.


Successful participants are awarded a Confirmation of Participation. This course can be taken as one module (1 ECTS) of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials program offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel .

Further information and application: swisspeace training (link)


University of Basel
Centre for African Studies
Rheinsprung 21
CH-4051 Basel
Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 34 82