Mediator as Gatekeeper Conference

Time: Thursday, 25 November 2021 09:00-16:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Attendance is by invitation only
Mediator as Gatekeeper Conference
Photo: U.S. Department of State/flickr.
On 25 November 2021, PRIO will host a Conference on the Mediator as a Gatekeeper and Door Opener in Oslo. The conference will bring together an international group of experts and scholars to discuss the responsibility and ethical challenges of the peace mediator as a gatekeeper and door opener in peace talks. 


As armed conflicts involving non-state actors have more than doubled within the last two decades, particularly in the Sahel region and the Middle East, the mediator’s role in including and excluding and maybe even inviting specific conflict actors has become an increasingly prevalent issue in peace processes. The conference will not only explore and discuss the ethical questions regarding the mediator`s role in legitimizing the parties in peace negotiations, but also in promoting the participation of various underrepresented groups at the peace table. This conference will highlight a variety of viewpoints and will include a public keynote lecture by senior UN consultant Dr. Carsten Wieland, and panel discussions with researchers and mediators, including Peter Wallensteen, Dag Nylander and Hilde Frafjord Johnson. A comparative case study of mediation gatekeeping and the resulting inclusion/exclusion in peace talks relating to the Arab - Israeli conflict (Jensehaugen), as well as two case studies for comparison (Bramsen on Colombia, Lidén on Sudan/South Sudan) will also be presented.

The HUMEVAL funded conference is co-organized by Jørgen Jensehaugen (PRIO), Isabel Bramsen (Lund University) and Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO) and will draw on synergies with the PRIO-led FAIR project

This will be a hybrid event, with both a live audience, and a live stream for those who cannot attend in person.