This is the fifth article in Mediators Beyond Borders’ six-part series answering, “What would your company/industry/field, and region, look like if adversarial decision-making systems were replaced by collaborative ones?” This article explores the mediation field in the Balkans.
In a multicultural society, there are different notions of justice and variations of moral concepts. Different economic, social, and personal issues overlap with linguistic differences, making it difficult to find a universal understanding of “justice” that addresses the interests of all stakeholders. The Balkan countries, having traditionally been a focus of political turmoil and power plays, are faced with this problem.
Finding a solution to a dispute through a mutually beneficial compromise, achieved by the parties themselves rather than a decision from a third party (e.g a court), increases the sense of justice between the disputants. The sense of justice depends on individuals’ ethical and moral views in light of the region’s ethnic and cultural contexts. This is why the Balkan Association for Dispute Resolution (BADR) believes that the combination of lawyers’ and mediators’ knowledge of the legislation of each of the countries affected by the dispute, and the use of mediation techniques, will lead to the quickest, most adequate, and efficient solution to commercial disputes.
It is time to establish new conditions for dialogue—stimulating the contact between individuals of different cultural and religious backgrounds. There must also be an education in tolerance and mutual respect— so as to learn to hear through the ears, and look through the eyes, of others. The Balkans needs a new global culture of solidarity, empathy and collaboration. BADR has is uniquely positioned to change from the norm and resolve disputes through mediation in the Balkans. [Read more…]