The Hague, Netherlands

Conflict Resolution: How to Mediate?

when 3 July 2022 - 13 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 243

Whether it is Ukraine, Israel, Yemen, or Afghanistan, conflict is an undeniable part of the domain of international relations. Although the nature of conflict has changed to include different modes of warfare such as drones and private mercenaries, the main questions surrounding conflict have remained the same, namely ‘why does a conflict occur?’ and ‘what can be done to solve a given conflict?’. The latter question is where the role of international negotiation in the shape of mediation comes into view. In the words of William Zartman, conflicts are ‘only ripe for resolution through mediation when a Mutually Hurting Stalemate is reached’.

Diplomats play a key role in facilitating mediation sessions. But as we all know not every meeting is a success, indicating that you cannot be a good mediator before becoming a good negotiator. So how do diplomats know when this so-called Mutually Hurting Stalemate is reached? And if so, where do they meet and who should mediate? If you recognize yourself in these questions then this summer school might exactly be what you are looking for.

The program of 2022 includes speakers like Paul Meerts, Dr. Tariel Sikharulidze, Dr. Frans Schram, Hans van den Berg and practising diplomats. Students are offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a diplomatic simulation. In doing so, participants represent a country or an international organisation, prepare a position, and negotiate an agreement.

Course leader

Hans van den Berg
Zita De wild
Pierre Etienne Courier
Gijs Boor

Target group

To be admitted for this program you do not need previous experience, knowledge, or related studies in the field. This program is open to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to obtain experience with democracy and diplomacy and negotiation.

To be selected, please fill out our form (button below) in which you will be asked to provide us with the following:
A motivational statement of a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 500 words. Include why you want to take part in this course on Conflict Resolution and Mediation and why you should be considered. How would this help you with your future development or plans? Also, what will you bring to our courses and how you could help other participants with their development? Avoid summarising your CV.
Your Curriculum Vitae, including current or previous studies, current or previous work experience, current or previous extra-curricula.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 29th, 2022, 23:59 (CET, Amsterdam Time) via the website.


Course aim

As a participant you will:
- gain insights in the digitalisation of diplomacy and negotiation, as well as the developing field of cyber security and (dis)information.
- gain valuable negotiation and diplomacy skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high-end simulations.
- develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation, and reporting.
- build an international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines.
- receive personalised coaching and training due to the small group design.

Fee info

EUR 243: The tuition fee for this Summer School is 200 euros (242 euros including 21% tax)
This fee includes:
- Workshops, lectures, tours of the Hague, embassy visits and final simulation.
- Access to all events (participants may join optional events for an extra fee)
- Signature welcome package.
- All reading materials.
- Certificate of participation.

To guarantee personalised and high-quality education we will only host 40 spots.

More information about scholarships can be found on our website.