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Global Negotiation Conference 2017 (5-7 July)

The Global Negotiation Conference will once again be taking place at the World Trade Institute/University of Bern. We are pleased to be able to announce that the following speakers will be part of our program. The topic of the simulation this year will be on negotiating an international agreement on private military contractors. 
Corneliu Bjola


Corneliu is Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford. He previously taught at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy. Bjola’s general research interests lie at the intersection of international diplomacy, global governance and international ethics. He is the recipient of the 2014 OxTALENT award for enhancing students' learning experience using social media apps awarded by the Oxford Committee on Teaching and Learning Enhanced with Technology.

Micheline Calmy-Rey


Ms. Calmy-Rey served as head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 2003 to the end of 2011, during which time she twice served as President of the Swiss Confederation. She is a member of the Board of the Global Leadership Foundation, Geneva Call, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development and the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Calmy-Rey is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development. She is a visiting Professor at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva and a Doctor Honoris causa at the International University in Geneva.

Michael Matthiessem


His Execellency Michael Matthiessen is the Ambassador of the European Union to Switzerland and to the Principality of Liechtenstein.  Before taking up his duties in Bern, Michael Matthiessen was Principal Advisor in the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, responsible for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). In this capacity he was also the Alternate Senior Official for the EU in ASEM and the EU Governor in the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Michael Matthiessen looks back to a diplomatic career of over 30 years, the last 17 years in senior positions in the European institutions 


Ida Marie Hydle


Ida is Senior Researcher, Norwegian Social Research in Oslo, Norway and Adjunct Professor at The Arctic University of Norway. She holds PhDs in Social Anthropology and in Medicine from the University of Oslo. She has/has had appointments as external editor for Contemporary Justice Review, vice-chair of the Board of the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers Union, Member of the Norwegian national crime prevention council, Member of governmental committee concerning Prison conditions for the Sami people in Norway, Member of governmental committee concerning the position of the victim in Norwegian criminal court proceedings. 

Tobias Langenegger

Tobias Langenegger is a Doctoral Candidate at the Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management at the ETH Zurich. He holds a BSc and MSc degree in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich. His research focuses on the analysis of negotiation and conflict dynamics in international politics through mathematical modelling. Furthermore, Tobias is involved in negotiation consulting and the development of the Negotiation Engineering concept. Before starting his PhD, Tobias worked at the Professorship of Environmental Policy and Economics at ETH Zurich and at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva.


Frauke Renz

Frauke Renz is currently a Doctoral Candidate in International Law at the University of Bern focusing on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC) and is a Pacific Forum CSIS Non-Resident Fellow. Frauke previously was Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center and Visiting Researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has gained work experience in Asia and Europe, working among others as Research Analyst for Frontier Services Group in Beijing and in the field of international taxation for Ernst & Young in Switzerland. She has a LL.M. in International Relations from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Master of Law from the University of Bern.

Raymond Saner

Titular Professor in Organisation and International Management (University of Basle) and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (Master in Public Affairs) is co-founder of CSEND, a Geneva based NGRDO (non-governmental research and development organisation, and the director of CSEND’s Diplomacy Dialogue branch. His research and consulting focuses on conflict studies and international negotiations at bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral levels in the field of trade (WTO), employment and poverty reduction (ILO, PRSP), and Human and Social Capital development in the educational sector (GATS/ES/WTO and OECD). His recent research focused on mediation as a means to solve environmental conflicts in the alpine region and on inter-ministerial trade policy coordination.

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