Students came from Peru, South Africa, Germany, Iraq, Estonia, Lebanon, Czech Republic to take part in the three day conference that included workshops from Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford) on digital diplomacy and Ida Marie Hydle on mediation (Norwegian Social Research). Presentations were also given by Raymond Saner (Diplomacy Dialogue), ​Tobias Langenegger (ETH Zurich) and Michael Matthiessen (EU Ambassador to Switzerland). 

The City of Bern was once again kind enough to welcome participants to a reception hosted by the Mayor of Bern at the Bern City Hall which boasts picturesque views across the city. 

Speakers at GNC 2017

Global Negotiation Conference 2017 

Negotiating an Agreement on Private Military and Security Companies

5-7 July 2017: World Trade Institute/University of Bern


The Global Negotiation Conference was held on the 5-7 July at the World Trade Institute/University of Bern, Switzerland. The conference opened with a keynote speech by Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President of the Swiss Confederation and Foreign Minister.

You can see more pictures from the conference here.

The topic of the negotiation simulation on the final day of the conference was negotiating an international agreement on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC). The contentious topic has long been debated in the United Nations with little progress being made. 

After a long day of negotiations a final agreement was passed although it draw the ire of some participants who missed the final plenary session while they continued informal negotiations.


A fiery debriefing concluded the academic part of the conference before participants were able to relax at the final dinner on a warm summers evening.