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José Pascal da Rocha

Lecturer, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

José Pascal da Rocha is a lecturer, mediator and corporate consultant.

He is an adjunct lecturer with the MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. Further, he teaches at IESEG School of Management, Paris and Lille Campus, France and at IRI-PUC Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He sits on the Academic Scientific Council at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany.

Pascal has over 20 years of experience in volatile environments and international mediation. He has contributed either directly or in a supporting capacity to 15 peace agreements, supporting missions of the UN, the EU, the OSCE, ECOWAS, the AU and many international and national NGOs.

Da Rocha also provides advisory services for US Fortune 250 companies in change management strategies and intercultural communication, including leadership, virtual teams, organizational development, and intercultural communication.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, he has published on international mediation, peace operations and peace agreements, political mediation, and structural vulnerability assessments.

He is the recipient of the 2017–2018 School of Professional Studies Dean's Award for Applied Research with a project focusing on the linkages between peace operations and the durability of peace agreements, together with the BRICS Policy Center, The Global South Unit for Mediation in Rio de Janeiro, IRI-PUC-Rio, and the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro.

He is also the recipient of the 2019-2020 School of Professional Studies Dean's Award for Applied Research, covering a research project on Shadow Actors and Shadow Wars, investigating the new challenges for mediation and peace in the context of identity, extremism, terrorist conflicts, and conflict resolution.

More on his research and publications can be found here.


  • M.Phil., European University Viadrina, Germany
  • M.Phil., Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • J.D., University of Cologne, Germany
  • M.A., Institute Kurt Boesch, Switzerland
  • B.A., University of Cologne, Germany
  • L.L.B., University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France


  • "The Changing Nature of International Mediation," Global Policy (Special Issue: 31 May 2019)
  • Political Mediation in Modern Conflict Resolution: Emerging Research and Opportunities (IGI Global, 2018)
  • The International Mediator: A Handbook (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2017)