2015: Accredited Mediator, Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London
2008-2010: University Diploma of Mediator, Institute of Mediation and Negotiation (IFOMENE), Catholic University of Paris.
Thesis : Mediation as regards Human rights
2004, PhD and Doctorate Public Comparative Law of the EU Members States, European Public Comparative Law, University of René Descartes (Paris V).
Pubished Thesis title : “Assessment and perspectives of the legal and judicial cooperation in Central and Eastern European countries : the strategy of partnreships”, final mark : « Félicitations du jury à l’unanimité, proposition pour un prix de thèse et subvention à la publication ». Publication in 2005, Paris, Editions Juridique et Techniques
1996 :Master. Phil (post graduate degree in law), international economic and development, upper second class honor,University of René Descartes (Paris V).
Thesis : Assessment and prospect of legal and judicial cooperation in Bosnia and Herzégovina »
1995 : Master in Business Law, University of René Descartes (Paris V).
Corporate law, tax law, European Law, international private law, with Specialisation in Financial analysis and accountancy,
Dr. Linda Benraïs is Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law and Mediation in ESSEC Business School and Director of ESSEC IRENE’s Programs“ Governance and Conflict Resolution”. She holds a PhD in European Public Comparative Law, a Master in International Economic Law and Development, a Master in Business Law, and a University Diploma of Mediator. She has 17 years of experience in rule of law, governance and international legal cooperation in Europe Union, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asian and African regions. She is accredited Mediator towards the French Court of Appeal and the Ministry of Justice.
Her research published in 2005 focused on the European Union Accession processes by benchmarking more over of the legal and judicial cooperation policies and systems developed in Central and Eastern Europe and proposing a multiannual strategy founded on partnerships. Since 2008, her research is concerned with EU policies and issues of governance, security, peace, prevention, negotiation, mediation and international human rights.
Prior to joining ESSEC IRENE, Dr. Benraïs worked for 13 years as Director of ACOJURIS/JCI, the agency for international legal cooperation mandated by the French Ministry of Justice, where she contributed to the transposition of European and international standards, supervising more than 60 international projects financed by the European Union and other international donors in Eastern Europe, in the Mediterranean, in Asia, and the Middle East. She taught international project management at the National School of Judiciary, the National School of Administration, and several universities. She further coordinated and delivered training courses for lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other legal and judicial staff (notaries, bailiffs, court administrators etc) and contributed to creating and strengthening the initial training and professional development of magistrates and other judicial staff in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Mediterranean and South-East Asia.
Since 2012, Dr. Benraïs has developed a comparative expertise in negotiation, mediation, compliance, international governance and human rights and acts worldwide as consultant, mediator and trainer in the public and the private sector. Since 2010, she has been teaching mediation at the Institute of Mediation and Negotiation (IFOMENE) at the Catholic University of Paris. Dr. Benraïs also consults and teaches managers on the conflict prevention and resolution, corporate social responsibility and human rights.
At ESSEC IRENE, Dr. Benraïs, as a specialist of EU programmes, she supervises the European governance programme of the CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative of the European Union and the European External Action Service. In this context, she conducts field missions and training sessions on governance, crisis management, negotiation, conflict resolution, team management and communication for high-ranking regional and national ministry officials in the area of CBRN crisis prevention in the African Atlantic Façade, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South-East Europe. She further trains European diplomats of the EEAS on the analysis, prevention, and the management of conflicts and mediation during peace processes. She teaches negotiation and mediation at ESSEC Business School for the companies, the War College, and the School of National Administration. She participates in research and publications on governance, security, human rights, mediation, negotiatio and partnerships; and participates in various conferences in France and abroad. Since 2015, She coordinates an importansr esearch program focused on conflict prevention and peace building, the role of the private sector financed by EU and United Nations and has published numerous articles, case stories and delivered different conferences at EU level (Columbia University, Oxford University, LSE etc).
Linda Benraïs is General Secretary of the European Association of Judges for Mediation and member of the board of director of the European Association of Mediators toward the Bar Association in Paris. She is also member of the Executive Committee of EPLO (European Peace Building Liaison Office) and member of the board of the Observatoire PHAROS (inter-faith dialogue)
She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Serbian-Croatian.
Comparative analysis of EU policies and systems focused on governance, justice, security, prevention and conflict resolution, Eu enlargement and policies in Neighbourhood countries and Third countries.
Business Ethics, Leadership and Human Security, Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Comparative analysis of EU, Member States and International policies on global governance and Public Aid.
International governance Dialogue, negotiation, conflict prevention and resolution
International mediation, peace building processes and democratic transition
Legal and judical mediation in civil, commercial, social and penal matters
Mediation and human rights
Mediation and corporate social responsabilty of transnational companies
Prevention and crisis management
Cooperation and public-private partnerships
Global Gouvernance, Security, Rule of Law,
International public comparative law,
International Business Law,
Prevention and management of conflicts
Business Ethics and Leadership
Eastern Europe, Central Asia
Middle East, North Africa
South East and Central Asia
EU programme on" Governance of CBRN risk mitigation Centers of Excellence" in Balkans, South Caucasus, Moldavia, North Afica, Middle East, African Atlantic Facade with EU Commission European External Action Service (EEAS)(2014-2015)
EU programme " Support to the conflict prevention and international mediation ", with EEAS (2014-2018)
Drafting a guide book for the International Organisation of Francophonie on " International mediation " (2014-2015)
EU Research programme " Horizon 2020 on governance, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution" in partnerships with London School of Economics (LSE), Utrecht University and other European and International universities (2015-2018)
Business and Human Security Partnerships, United Nations, led by Londond School of Economics (2017-2020)
LE GUIDE DES MODES AMIABLES DE RESOLUTION DES DIFFERENDS (MARD_. (with N. Fricero, C. Butruille_cardew, B. Gorchs_ Gelzer). PARIS (FRANCE) : DALLOZ, 2017
Le guide des modes amiables de résolution des différends (MARD) 2016/2017. (with N. Fricero, C. Butruille‑Cardew, B. Gorchs, G. Payan). 2d edition. PARIS (FRANCE) : Editions DALLOZ, 2015 (mediation in discrimination, peacebuilding, CSR of Transnational companies, conflict in natural ressources)
Le guide des modes amiables de résolution des différends (MARD). (with N. Fricero, C. Butruille ‑Cardex, G. Payan, B. Gorchs). : DALLOZ/ GUIDE DALLOZ 2014/2015, 2014
Médiation Internationale, Actes de la Retraite organisée par l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie '21 -22 novembre 2012). : Editions de l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, 2014
Bilan et perspectives de la politique de coppération juridique en Europe centrale et orientale : la stratégie des partenariats . Paris (France ) : Editions Juriidiques et Techniques, EJT, 2005
"Introductory article: Mind the gaps. A Whole-of-Society approach to peacebuilding and conflict prevention»" (M. Martin, V. Bojicic‑Dzelilovic, L. Benraïs, L. Benrais), Peace Building Journal, Jul 2018, p. 171‑182
"Compte-rendu de la table ronde sur les leçons de l'engagement français en matière de réponse aux crises et de fragilité des Etats " (L. Benraïs), Securité et Stratégie , Jun 2014, Issue 16, p. 91-94
La médiation politique. In: Mediation et Négociation (with J. Salzer). 2019
" Lignes Directrices de la médiation internationale francophone. (with J. Maila). Paris (France) : Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, 2019
Art et techniques de la médiation : "Des accords de qualité". (with S. Bensimon, M. Boury D'antin, G. Pluyette). Paris (France ) : Litec Lexis Nexis, 2018
"POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS from a Whole of Society perspectives for the EU?s conflict prevention and peacebuilding capabilities" (L. Benraïs, J. Simon). Essec Research Center, DR‑0 Dec 17.
"Societal Resilience and EU Global Security Strategy" (L. Benraïs). Essec Research Center, DR‑2017 Sep 17.
"Resolving Conflicts between Communities and Mining Companies in Conakry, Guinea" (L. Benraïs). Essec Research Center, DR‑2017 Jun 17.
"Mediation and Defence of Human rights" , selected paper in the IACM- International Association for Conflict Management- Conference in Columbia University in 2016" International Association for Conflict Management , 0 Jun 16.
""Multi-stakeholder Coherence at the core of EU comprehensiveness, Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding"" (L. Benraïs, J. Simon). Essec Research Center, DR‑00 Mar 16.
"EU policy briefing on Whole of Society conflict prevention and peacebuilding, Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding" (L. Benraïs, A. Quinet). Essec Research Center, DR‑02 Nov 15.
Articles published in conference proceedings
"" le rôle des femmes dans la radicalisation des hommes ", With A. Grosjean. In : Le statut des femmes et l'Etat de Droit , Le rôle des femmes dans la radicalisation des hommes . Paris : LARCIER/Union internationale des Avocats , 2018, p. 40-56
Teaching at ESSEC
Co-Directing the Workshops of Mediation : commercial mediation, international mediation, inter company mediation, intra company mediation, mediation and Human rights (2 times / year in French and English)
Gender Peace and Violence (Gender Studies), since 2018
Certicate of Advanced Negotiation and Mediation , Essec Executive Education (2 times per year)
Negotiation currculum at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration ( ENA), College of War (twice a year), Fellow position,
Negotiation, mediation and dialogue, diplomats members of the European External Action Service, EU
Governance on prevention and management of CBRN crisis at national, regional and international levels (Chaire Edgar Morin)
Governance on the CBRN risk mitigation at the national, regional and international levels (Belgium, Montenegro, Morroco, Georgia etc)
the keys of negotiation, coordination and management of sanitary crisis illustrated by Ebola outbreak and other CBRN crisis management
Kodiva : prevention et gestion des crises appliquée à Ebola (L. Benraïs).Paris (France) 2015 (Cases).
Other Teaching Activities
Business Ethics and Leadership, MBA, since 2018
Moderation of international workshops and conferences and Delivery of international seminars on negotiation, governance, mediation, gender and mediation,
Mediation in legal and judicial civil, commercial , Diploma of Mediator, Parts I and, Institute of Mediation and Negotiation, Catholic University of Paris, since 2010
Mediator in labour law, University of Cergy and Place Mediaiton, since 2013
Mediation and human rights, Institute of Mediation and Negotiation, Catholic University of Paris, since 2010
Judicial cooperation and international mediation, School of Paris Bar, 2014
International Mediation and peace building, European Mediation Network Initiative, Bratislava, 2013
Co-facilitation of the high level workshop of conflict analysis in Tchad, European Union, EEAS, 2014
Coching of the HoD in Burundi and Rwanda and other High special representative on international negotiation, mediation and dialogue, 2014
The amicable settlement in human rights and other different mediations, Paris Bar, March 2015
Awards and Distinctions
2014 Best Legal book of the year, awarded to the book on amicable settlements published by Dalloz
"Resolving Conflicts between Communities and Mining Companies in Conakry Guinea", selected paper in IACM-International Association for Conflict Management-Conference in Philadelphia 2018", IACM- Internationale Association for Conflict Management, IACM-International Association for Conflict Management, Philadelphie, Etats Unis , 12 Jun 2018
" The contribution of the CSO and non state actors to the consolidation of peace in Central African Republic/ preparatory conference of donors ", EPLO/ European Union , European Peace Building Liaison Office , Bruxelles , Belgium , 18 Nov 2017 (https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/10365/Brussels%20Conference%20for%20the%20Central%20African%20Republic)
"How to make the integrated approach more systemic and effective", IEUCEU/WOSCAP research final conference, IEUCEU/WOSCAP , Brussels, Belgium, 08 Nov 2017 (www.woscap.eu)
"Societal resilience in the EU Global Security Strategy?, Panel PS5-3: Assessing EU Capacities for Inclusive and Coherent Peacebuilding Intervention: a Whole of Society Perspective, The Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2017: Ending Violence in T", The Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2017: Ending Violence in Turbulent Times: Exploring the Conflict, Peace, and Violence Nexus, , Oxford University , Oxford, United Kingdom, 19 Sep 2017
"Contribution to the Corporate peace/ Corporate resilience building in Guinea?, WOSCAP Policy Dialogue in London, ", Corporate Peace: private sector strategies for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable development, , London School of Economics (LSE), London, United Kingdom, 18 Jul 2017
"le rôle des femmes dans la radicalisation des hommes ", (with B. Dupre). Le rôle des femmes dans la radicalisation des hommes , Academie Diplomatique Internationale / ESSEC IRENE, Paris , France , 10 Jul 2017 (https://www.diploweb.com/Quel-est-le-role-des-femmes-dans-la-radicalisation-des-hommes.html)
" How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?", , Florence on Friday, June 9TH , ", Global Pound Conference , International Mediation Institute (IMI), Center for Arbitration and Mediation in Florence , Florence, Italy, 09 Jun 2017
"Mediation and Human Rights ", (with A. Jenkins). The 29th Annual International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) Conference is taking place at Columbia University in New York City, June 26 ? 29, 2016. AC4 is co-sponsoring this event with the IACM., Columbia, University,, New York City, United States, 29 Jun 2016 (papier sélectionné)
"A look at conflict prevention and economic diplomacy", EPLO CSDN Meeting 'Economic diplomacy and the EU Global Strategy , ESSEC IRENE/ EPLO, Paris , France , 13 Mar 2016 (un rapport de la conférence a été établi )
"The EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative", (with A. Colson). ReSHAPE 3rd Annual Workshop on INSECURITY COMPLEXES THE EU AND MEMBER STATES RESPONSE, University of Catania, Department of Political Sciences, Catane, Italie , 11 Jun 2015
Benrais. L. " Multistakeholder coherence at the core of the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, Session " Conflict prevention in Practice", Conference Conflict Research Society: Rethinking the transition from violence to peace in uncertain times, Oxford, 17-18 Septembre 2018.
Benrais, L. "Resolving conflict between communities and mining companies in Conakry Guinea, Conference de l'International Association for Conflict Management 12 June 2018.
Benrais, L. " The role of peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding in conflict resolution", Conference Research Society: Rethinking the transition from violence to Peace in uncertain times, Oxford, 17-18 September 2018.
Benrais, L. " L'Union européenne : de la convergence à la solidarité", Paris 2 octobre 2018, La Sorbonne. BENRAÏS,
BENRAÏS, L. 2016, “Addressing the current problems and challenges of coherence between the actors involved in peacebuilding and conflict prevention” and “Highlighting the economic dimension of conflict prevention and peacebuilding through the role of private sector, and link with the economic diplomacy”, Conference on Civil Society, private sector, Economic Diplomacy – Questioning the coherence of the EU external action in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, Brussels, 23 June
BENRAÏS, L. 2016, Conference on Informal exchange & Show-case of the WOSCAP project’s research in Ukraine, Yemen, Mali and Georgia, Brussels, 7 July
BENRAÏS, L. 2016, Facilitation and moderation of La contribution de la société civile et des acteurs non étatiques au relèvement et à la consolidation de la paix en République centrafricaine, Brussels, 15-16 November
BENRAÏS, L. 2017, "Economic diplomacy and the EU Global Strategy: Improving the EU's role in addressing the economic dimensions of conflicts", Conference on France and the implementation of the EU Global Strategy: A look at conflict prevention and economic diplomacy, Paris, 13 March
Benrais, L. 2017 Moderation of the Global Pound Conference session “ How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?", , International Mediation Institute (IMI), Florence on Friday, June 9TH ,
BENRAÏS, L. 2017, “Case study – Corporate resilience building in Guinea”, WOSCAP Policy Dialogue in London, Corporate Peace: private sector strategies for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable development, London, 18 July.
BENRAÏS, L. 2017, “Societal resilience in the EU Global Security Strategy”, Panel PS5-3: Assessing EU Capacities for Inclusive and Coherent Peacebuilding Intervention: a Whole of Society Perspective, The Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2017: Ending Violence in Turbulent Times: Exploring the Conflict, Peace, and Violence Nexus, Oxford, 19 September
BENRAÏS, L. 2017, “L’inclusion de l’ensemble des parties prenantes dans la prévention des conflits et de la paix“, WOSCAP Policy Dialogue in Paris, Paix et prévention des conflits : quelle place pour les entreprises ? Paris, 26 September
BENRAÏS, L. 2017, Moderation of “Official opening and objectives of the final research conference” and participation in Panel 5 “Conclusions: How to make the integrated systemic approach workable and operational?”, IECEU-WOSCAP conference: Effectiveness and Inclusivity of EU Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, Brussels, 8 November2017, 20 p.
Benrais, L. “Mediation and defence of human rights, selected paper, 29th Annual International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), Columbia University, New York City, June 26 – 29, 2016, 20p.
Preliminary Introduction on Certification and quality of Mediation with the project of Eurochambres, Workshop on Judicial Mediation, GEMME, Nice July 2015
The EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative, 3rd ReShape Anual Workshop on Insecurity Complexes : the EU and Member States responses, University of Catania, Italy, July 2015,
The amicable settlement in human rights and other mediation, Paris Bar, March 2015
Judicial Cooperation and International Mediation, Campus Forum, School of Paris Bar, Paris, 2014
Development of education for advocates focused on mediation, Toulouse, National Council of Bars, 2014
International mediation in peace building processes, European Mediation Initiative Network, April 2013,
Mediation and Corporate social responsability, European Mediation Network Initiative, Bratislava, 2013
Mediation and Corporate social responsability, University of Cergy and Place Mediation, 2013,
International Mediation in Peace building processes, OIF, Geneva, October 2012.
Mediation a new human rights, Paris Bar, 2012
Preparation and managment of EU projects, different professional schools,
Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities
Member of the Pedagogical Team of ESSEC IRENE
Lecturer at the Catholic University of Paris
Lecturer at the ENA, School of War
Lecturer at University of Cergy and Place Mediation
General Secretary of the European Association of Judges for promoting Mediation
Member of the Board and Executive Committee of EPLO- European Peace Building Office in Brussels- NGO dealing with Peace and Security
Member of the Board of the European Association of Mediation towards the Paris Bar
Member of the French Association of the Doctors in Law
Consulting & Other Activities
19 years of international experience as EU legal expert and legal trainer, researcher director of programmes accredited e European Commission and European External Action Service on governance, legal and judicial reforms, human rights protection, international mediation, negotiation and dialogue
Consultancy and training on Business Ethics and Leadership.
Judicial Mediator on commercial conflict resolution, towards the Appeal Court of Paris
General Secretary of the European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME): coordination and follow up of the transposition of the EU directive on mediation in the Member States. Coordination of publications and delivery of the conferences at notariesEuropean level.
Member of the board of Director of the European Association of Mediators (AME), Paris Bar
Member of the Executive Committee of the European Peace Building Liaison Office (EPLO) in charge of ethical aspects.
Member of the Board of The Observatory PHAROS (interfaith dialogue) since 2018.
Creation of the award of the best thesis and member of the mixed jury composed for the French companies (CAC 40) and the French Association of the Doctors in Law, delivered each year since 2013
18 years of experience as EU legal consultant in Governance, Rule of law, ADR and Justice and Home Affairs, negotiation and mediation: advisor of the Ministers of Justice abroad on judiciary governance, legal and judicial reforms, security reforms. Dealing with legal and judiciary reforms in the frame of EU Accession and enlargement and EU neighboorhood policies and compliance of legislation with the Middle East, North African, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South East and Central Asia, Africa
Over 9 years of experience dealing with negotiation and international mediation in commercial, social, international cross-cultural conflicts and complex environments.
13 year of experience as Director in the Ministry of Justice of the French Agency for International Legal Cooperation (ACOJURIS/JCI) in charge of the legal and judicial reforms, judiciary governance and enforcement of human rights through the technical assistance programmes financed by the EU, World Bank and the UN agencies. management of the team of 17 people
13 years of experience in governance and coordination of initial and continuous programmes of education for judges, prosecutors, advocates, bailiffs, notaries
13 years of experience as international legal trainer and lecturer on international comparative law and other legal and judicial reforms
13 years of experience on creation, setting up and development of judiciary schools for judges, prosecutors, advocates, notaries, bailiffs and other court staff in Europe, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East and African region. Development of initial and continuous education programmes on EU law and human rights, e-learning programmes on civil, criminal, commercial matters in many countries
17 years of experience in the management of EU and international contracts of technical assistance financed by the international donors: sound experience in project planning, evaluation, coordination and monitoring, according to EU evaluation guidelines, standards and benchmarks
9 years of experience as accredited mediator by the Appeal Court of Paris and the Paris Bar and registered officially in 2018 (official list of mediators).