EIRP Proceedings, Vol 7 (2012)

Mediation – Political-Diplomatic Means for Solving International Conflicts

Madalina Cocosatu


The peaceful settlement of international disputes is a fundamental requirement for the preservation of international peace and security. The contemporary international law consecrated the states’ obligation to settle the conflicts between them exclusively through peaceful means. In the modern age, characterized by the dynamics of the international relations and structures, the problem of using the modalities of peaceful settlement of disputes is closely connected to the adaptation of international law to the requirements of the new international economic and political order. Together with negotiation, good offices, conciliation and international investigation, mediation represents an important modality in the peaceful settlement of international conflicts. In the paper at hand, we shall present the historical evolution of this institution and will analyze the procedure for achieving mediation, in comparison to the other modalities. Also, an important role in our research will be held by the analysis of the role of the United Nations Organization in solving international conflicts through political-diplomatic means.


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