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José Pascal da Rocha

Lecturer in the Discipline of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

José Pascal da Rocha is a lecturer with the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. Within the program, he teaches face-to-face courses, hybrid, and online courses, as well as fieldwork courses. He serves on the School of Professional Studies Academic Excellence Council.

He is a visiting lecturer at IESEG School of Management, Paris and Lille Campus, France, where he teaches on business negotiation strategy and on international conflict management. He sits on the Academic Scientific Council at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. He runs an intense international relations course at IRI-Puc Rio.

Da Rocha has over 20 years of experience in crisis negotiations in volatile environments (e.g. UNOSOM I, II, UNPROFOR, IFOR, KFOR, SFOR, UNTAET, UNAMA, ISAF, UNAMIR, Operation Artemis), and he serves as a Peace and Development Adviser (PDA) to the UN. He is a mediation expert with the UN Department of Political Affairs. He is also a rostered mediation expert with the OSCE. He currently serves as a senior conflict prevention adviser to the African Union Continental Early Warning System and he is a senior mediation adviser to ECOWAS. He has contributed either directly or in a supporting capacity to 15 peace agreements.

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. He covers biopharmaceutical, insurance, automotive, defense, and bioscience companies. His leadership advice also extends to Non-Profit Organizations.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, he has published a handbook on international mediation, a peer-reviewed book on political mediation and conflict resolution, a peer-reviewed chapter on diversity management, edited by Judy Prescott, and a chapter on social inclusion. He designed, developed, wrote, and implemented the ECOWAS Dialogue and Mediation Curriculum, including a handbook (available in English and French),  and the African Union Mediation Support Handbook. His latest peer-reviewed publication is on "The Changing Nature of International Mediation" in a special issue of Global Policy.

Future research revolves around peace operations and peace agreements, political mediation, and structural vulnerability assessments. Book projects include a special issue on diversity, equality and inclusion, an edited book on peace operations and peace agreements, a chapter contribution to a book edited by William I. Zartman, a sole-authored book on Lead Women Mediators in mediation processes, and translations of The International Mediator: A Handbook in Portuguese (2018), French (2018), Russian (2019), Arabic (2020), and Spanish (2020).

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.


  • 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)