University of Leicester Professor Before the UN Security Council
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Emeritus Professor Malcolm Shaw from the University of Leicester School of Law.
An Emeritus Professor of the University of Leicester, Professor Malcolm Shaw QC, has proposed the creation of a College for Mediation in a lecture delivered in the United Nations at the invitation of the President of the Security Council.
Professor Shaw was invited before the UN Security Council because of his academic and professional reputation in the field of international law – he is the author of the leading textbook in the field and a practitioner with wide experience .
The meeting was held under the auspices of the Security Council and took place in a conference room at the UN in New York with a large audience of representatives of UN member states of around 200.
Professor Shaw who recently retired as the Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law at the University’s School of Law, spoke on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. He focused on mediation as an appropriate technique of resolving disputes between states. In particular, he noted the recent emphasis on this approach in UN documents and practice and underlined the need to ensure adherence to the principles and rules of international law both in the process of mediation and in the outcomes.
Professor Shaw formally proposed the creation of a College for Mediation under the auspices of the UN in order to provide a framework for academic reflection, practical inspiration and intellectual invigoration in an institutional environment and in order to imbue mediators and trainee mediators with the necessary training, experience, values and normative framework.
Professor Shaw said: “Every day that passes and every succeeding crisis underline the importance of getting the disputing parties to turn away from war and towards talking and often third parties are needed to move things along. The role of the UN and other international organizations is critical here and mediation is the way to go”.
The lecture also discussed the role and importance of the International Court of Justice. After the presentation, a question and answer took place. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Representative to the UN of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which held the presidency of the Security Council during the month of May.