In varying situations and circumstances, one can only be performant when relying on an effective network of relationships.
Whether through cooperation on specific areas of practice, or by keeping open lines, to continuous learning and current research; I am widely entangled in a lively network of partner affiliates and organizations whose specialized skills and resources add value to my work.
Structural partnerships and cooperations
Individuals and organisations with whom communication lines are open on a permanent basis, with whom cooperation agreements have been established or whose specific expertise strengthens my knowledge base.
Relevant affiliations, aiming at active research, exchange, training, and the conduct of my projects.
Headquartered at Geneva, global capital of assisted negotiation, GENEVACCORD ADR gathers a group of highly specialized mediators, speakers and lecturers, dedicated to the resolution of local and international conflicts. They act in many different fields; from trade and commerce, intercultural, administrative and political issues, to the art of body language, non- and para-verbal behaviour, and public speaking.
Founded and chaired by Guy A. Bottequin, on the leading edge of mediation practice in Europe and the French-speaking world, the GENEVACCORD ADR group incorporates the first Research Academy aiming to improve the process of conflict mediation, in close dialogue with the policy-makers. Drawing strength from their common vision as to the reliability of the mediator and the guide values of independence, impartiality, neutrality and strict confidentiality, GENEVACCORD ADR & Con-Sent ADR have joined forces in order to establish a Pan-European axis (Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris – Lyon – Geneva – Turin) dedicated to promote and develop mediation in a sustainable and effective manner, and to contribute to the quality of ongoing training.
Van Cuyck & Partners is a full-service Belgian law firm. Although in mediation, legal aspects are not necessarily predominant, it lies within the mediators’ role to assure that parties are accurately informed on the formal status of their dispute. This legal information can be acquired by the parties themselves, upon which the mediator will assess whether it is sufficient and, if necessary, work as a safeguard. Whereas Con-Sent ADR’s mediators in France and the Netherlands have their own activities as attorneys, law firm Van Cuyck & Partners is the legal back-office of Con-Sent ADR in Belgium. Founding Partner Mieke Van Cuyck is not only an experienced certified mediator herself, but she is also the spouse of Georges Hanot, Con-Sent ADR’s Founding Partner.
Conessence provides hands-on, expert financial services to companies. Its partners and staff have the talent and techniques to create information out of the high volumes of data that threaten to suffocate modern businesses. As the stakes of a dispute can often be quantified, the accuracy of financial information can be essential during the process towards settlement or agreement. When needed, and upon Con-Sent ADR’s request and supervision, Conessence can provide neutral and expert information to parties in a conflict.
bMediation is an independent organization whose mission it is to optimize the prevention, management and resolution of dispute. They offer mediation, training and consultancy services, and organise mediation dedicated events and conferences.
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with communities worldwide to build their conflict resolution capacity for preventing, resolving, and healing from conflict. While MBBI acts across geographical, political, economic, societal, and cultural boundaries, it is not a first responder and does not intervene in the midst of violent crises, but deploys sustainable peace building initiatives responsive to the needs and culture of the communities, and to the history of each conflict.
Bemiddeling vzw promotes the use of mediation in various professional and private settings to resolve disputes. It supports expansion of mediation practices of family and social mediators as well as civil and commercial matters. For this purpose, Bemiddeling vzw organizes trainings and seminars, where its members can broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise and have the opportunity to participate in networking. Furthermore, Bemiddeling vzw works on raising public awareness and thereby increases the level of support.
Founded in 2003, the Belgian Union of Professional Mediators (UBMP-BUPB) originated out of the perspective of representation and professional development of mediators and is active in various disciplines. Officially recognized by both the Council of State and the Federal Mediation Commission, its mission is to associate all mediators to the political decisions regarding the future of mediation, whilst engaging in advocacy and awareness actions.
The Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) is specialized in commercial dispute resolution and providing Alternative Dispute Resolution. This to allow for time-effective resolution of disputes through extra-judicial methods, prominently including mediation.
As commercial dispute resolution is one of the specific functions attributed to the chambers of commerce by the Italians, it was at the time set up by the Milan Chamber of Commerce, considered the most important of the country. Governed by institutional principles such as neutrality and transparency, it offers tools that are specific to the type of dispute and resolution needed, and provides, through its Research and Documentation Centre, material and publications in the field of alternative justice.
Specific international projects and partnerships have been developed in order to better respond to transnational issues involving intercultural profiles, amongst which the well-reputed Italy-China Mediation Centre. The Fast Track Mediation offers users an informal scheme that can be shaped and adapted according to the parties’ needs, and I am amongst the accredited names on the Chamber’s List of International Mediators.
The International Association of Lawyers (originally Union Internationale de Avocats, established in 1927) is a global and multicultural organization for the legal profession that facilitates professional development, stimulates learning and networking, and promotes the Rule of Law.
Its Mediation and Conflict Prevention Commission created The World Forum of Mediation Centres in 2001, bringing together the most important commercial mediation and ADR practitioners from around the world, and offering an occasion to exchange best practices.
Groupement Européen des Magistrats pour la Médiation (GEMME) is a European, non-profit, network organization, gathering magistrates from within the European Free Trade Association. They aim to promote and develop alternative dispute resolution methods, especially mediation, in order to make justice more efficient and pacific.