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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Good Offices

Ruth Lapidoth

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 December 2021

Subject(s):
Diplomacy and consular relations — Foreign relations law — Good offices — Mediation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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 used...
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