In carrying out its activities, Jean A Mirimanoff presented and still presents several profiles, both different and complementary: Conflict manager, mediator, conciliator, trusted third party that proposes hybrid resolution modes in the event of deadlock, including as a curator.
During his professional career, as a barrister, as a legal advisor of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as a magistrate and as a mediator, Jean A. Mirimanoff was confronted daily with problems, tensions and conflicts of all sorts. With other specialists, he shares the conviction that in these situations, the means to solve them are linked to the expected solutions. In order to satisfy the expectations of people and companies involved, it is important to know in a holistic way what the main objectives of the clients are (for example: Moderate costs or not, save time or not, preserve confidentiality or publicize the case, maintain or not the links between the parties, obtain a precedent or wanting to avoid it, etc.) and identify the obstacles to overcome (for example: lack of communication, differences in viewpoints, technical or legal solutions, pressures, a large number of protagonists, courts, applicable fees, etc.). Then, on the basis of the objective and subjective elements of the specific case, it is necessary to analyze the appropriate mode of resolution, i.e. best suited to the specific case. It is important to select the tool correctly. And then know how to master it.
In some cases, however, mediation may be used, in some other conciliation, and in some others in hybrid procedures. In others, it will be necessary to have the case decided by a judgment or a sentence, when the amicable means do not appear adequate. So many different profiles for the third party is responsible for solving or helping the parties to resolve their conflicts. Managing the conflict in its initial phase – from referral work to the most appropriate mode – does not necessarily involve the task of solving it in the future. Can the third party consulted claim to be omniscient, or will he have the modesty or rather the correction to recommend to his clients – if any – another better armed person in his specialization, or a tool of adequate resolution with which he / she would be unfamiliar? It will also depend on the role, posture and approaches or techniques that the parties expect from the third party responsible for the resolution.
In addition, he has accompanied this diversified practice with numerous publications – in the form of manuals, guides, articles, lectures and other educational materials – which he has directed, written or co-authored.
His training is reinforced by a continuous training, and by workshops he is called upon to give in Europe, for magistrates and lawyers.