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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Good Offices

Ruth Lapidoth

Diplomacy and consular relations — Foreign relations law — Good offices — Mediation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Good offices are a diplomatic means for the settlement of disputes ( Diplomacy ; Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes ; Judicial Settlement of International Disputes . ). Among the mechanisms with a third party intervention, it is the one with the most modest involvement of the third-party. In its classical meaning, it designates the action by a third party who merely encourages the disputing subjects to resume negotiation [s] or helps them to get together. The third party is not supposed to participate in the negotiations. 2 However, the term is often...
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