European project MediMARE launches “Guide for Mediation in Marine Disputes”


The European project MediMARE, with NOVA FCT as a partner, introduced the "Guide to Mediation in Marine Disputes" in late September. This guide offers an overview of the project, outlining the training guidelines and structure for Maritime Mediation, a topic of significant importance for those interested in curriculum development in this field.

Funded by EEA Grants through an agreement involving the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (PT - INNOVATION-0065), the project is coordinated by the Institute of Legal Research at the University of Coimbra (UCILeR) and also involves the Polytechnic of Leiria and NTNU Samfunnsforskning.

Lia Vasconcelos, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a researcher at MARE, who leads the NOVA FCT team, highlights the project's significance for Portugal, given the nation's extensive maritime responsibilities.

The project aims to develop courses and training tools that equip students and maritime professionals with mediation skills to foster a culture of peaceful dispute resolution in their current and future work within the maritime sector.

“Mediation in the maritime domain is an area with untapped potential. The project seeks to harness mediation's possibilities in maritime matters to promote fairness and security for all involved parties”, explained the researcher.

The guide and additional project results can be found on the website here.