The book offers a timely discussion on non-binding dispute settlement between States. It focuses on conciliation in a broad sense, including mediation, inquiry and non-compliance mechanisms.
Variations of conciliation are included in many instruments, particularly in multilateral agreements concerning the environment, human rights, international trade and investment protection. Conciliation is also used on an ad hoc basis for the resolution of disputes between States, such as in border conflicts. Nevertheless, combining legal and political aspects, the method is rarely studied in depth in either discipline. The author argues that the lack of familiarity with conciliation both causes its popularity in treaties, as its difficulties in practice. The author proposes a new way of looking at conciliation and at its potentials and restrictions, and assesses the use and usefulness of this way of settling disputes.
This book is the first in-depth study of international conciliation in over thirty years and is of great interest to academics, practitioners and graduate students.
Sven Koopmans is currently political advisor in the International Civilian Office in Kosovo. Previously he practised international law litigation with Clifford Chance LLP and was consultant to the UN Secretary-General's Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus. He obtained a doctorate from Oxford University.