The potential of mediation in cases of discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mediation in cases of discrimination is still a relatively new way of dealing with the situation of disputes and violations, both in EU countries and in the region. This process is not promoted enough in BiH, parties are not familiar with it, and the courts and other actors parties rarely offer the opportunity to resolve disputes through mediation.

Themes: Constitution, Institutions and Politics Judiciary and Access to JusticeHuman Rights
Kosana Beker


In new discussion paper, author offers an insight into the concept and basic principles of mediation, points out its advantages in cases of discrimination and explains how this institute is regulated in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The experience of mediation in practice of other countries found its place in the analysis as well. The author emphasizes that the mediation is a way of solving problems and disputes in which both parties benefit, which is more favourable and faster than court proceedings, which contributes to the preservation of good interpersonal relationships and allows the transfer of positive experience in similar situations in the future. Author concludes the paper with recommendations on how to take advantage of the potential of mediation in cases of discrimination in BiH.

This analysis is published within the project “Equality for All: Civil Society Coalition against Discrimination“, and is implemented in cooperation with Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika – Center for Social Research, Rights for Alland Vaša prava BiH. This project is financed by USAID and Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This publication is published by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this Commentary are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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