CSSProject for Integrative Mediation

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The CSSProject for Integrative Mediation (CSSP) "was founded in January 2005. It evolved out of ten years of experience of the International Mediator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling, who started mediating informally in 1992. He was formally mandated in 1995 by the international community, the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the President of Croatia to assist local leaders with problems arising from the Dayton Peace Process.

"During the 10 years of his mandate (1995-2004), the format and structure of local level mediation changed according to the needs and local situation. Dr. Schwarz-Schilling sought to increase dialogue and reduce tensions by finding step-by-step solutions to daily problems. In 10 years the Mediator conducted over 185 local mediations in 55 municipalities. He dealt with issues of return, reintegration, proportional representation, human rights and economic development.

"The mandate of the Mediator ended in December 2004. In February 2006 Dr. Schwarz-Schilling was appointed High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He took office with the request of the international community to close the OHR. During this time he used his mediation efforts to shift responsibility of the peace process from the international community to the Bosnian leaders. During his tenure he advocated for a “do it yourself” policy but concluded that after 15 years of international supervision, Bosnian leaders were not ready to shoulder the responsibilities of state building on their own. After eight months in office he reversed his position and called for the Office of the High Representative to remain open. In June 2007 Dr. Schwarz-Schilling stepped down and returned to CSSP as Honorary President." [1]

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  1. Honorary President, CSSProject for Integrative Mediation, accessed June 28, 2010.
  2. Directors, CSSProject for Integrative Mediation, accessed June 28, 2010.