Doha, 16 October 2023

The Sleeping Beauty Conference Series

The Dialogue Through Conflict Foundation

in collaboration with

Hamad Bin Khalifa University, College of Law


The Role of Mediation in the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda

A Global Initiative for Civil and Commercial Disputes

Monday, 16 October 2023 (in person and online)


Welcome and Introduction (10:30 am – 11:00 am GMT+3)

Giuseppe De Palo, Dialogue Through Conflict Foundation (Rome)

Susan Karamanian, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, College of Law (Doha)

Paolo Toschi, Italian Ambassador in Qatar


Panel 1: The ‘Sustainable Conflict Global Initiative’ (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

The SCGI Initiative advocates for international consensus on the legal principle that serious and reasonable mediation efforts should be required in at least a minimum percentage of all suitable litigated cases. The SCGI emphasizes that increasing mediation use will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development agenda goals to ensure universal access to justice and achieve peaceful and inclusive societies.

Joyce Aluoch, former First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court (Nairobi)

Sultan Barakat, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Christopher Hodges, Oxford University (London)

Damilola Olawuyi, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Hakan Öztatar, Director General, Ministry of Justice, Turkey


Lunch Break (12:30 pm – 13:30 pm)


Panel 2:  Appropriate Dispute Resolution in the Region: Legal Frameworks and Digital Transformation (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

The panel will take a deep dive into some of the most urgent aspects of effective ADR regulation in the regional context, also in the light of the Singapore Convention.  The panel will also address the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in ADR and its policy implications.

Zachary Calo, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Christian Duve, International Mediator & Arbitrator (Frankfurt)

Ehab Elsonbaty, Chair US/Middle East Initiative, DLA Piper (New York)

Giovanni Pagnacco, Maire Tecnimont (Milan)


 Coffee break 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Panel 3: Mediation: A “Sleeping Beauty?” (3:15 pm – 5:00 pm)

The Sleeping Beauty Conference Series (SBCS) is inspired by the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 2014 symposium of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution which asked: Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty? To awaken Sleeping Beauty the proposed mediation model requires litigants to make a reasonable initial effort at mediation, i.e., to participate in an initial meeting with a mediator, in appropriate cases.

Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid, Eversheds-Sutherland (New York)

David S. Bloch, Greenberg Traurig (San Francisco)

Ken Feinberg, International ADR Expert (Washington, DC)

Lela P. Love, Kukin Program at Cardozo School of Law (New York)


Moderator: Giuseppe De Palo


Debate and Conclusion (5:00 pm – 5:30 pm)



Provisional program. Awaiting confirmation from additional speakers.