About Anne-Marie Blaney
Anne-Marie is focused on building peace through improved access to justice, conflict resolution, mediation, non-violent communication and creative methods and approaches. Anne-Marie believes that our voices and ability to express our feelings and needs, often get lost within conflict scenarios or within the justice system and she strives for lasting solutions to these complex challenges.
She is an independent mediator and peacebuilder with extensive legal experience, assistant law lecturer (panel), at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland, and experienced solicitor (non-practising).
Offering mediation services and related processes in an effective, accessible, impartial, and flexible way to help understanding, resolve disputes and conflicts.Fostering listening, mutual understanding and action planning though restorative circles.
Enhancing capacity for conflict resolution, communication, trauma awareness and empathy through education, training, talks and practice. Raising awareness of nonviolent communication techniques for personal growth, to reduce biases and manage conflict in any scenario. Collaborate effectively, in line with Peace Essential’s vision, to improve the lives of women and girls, reduce inequality and enhance awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
Appointments, Activism and NGO Roles
Within MBBI, Anne-Marie contributes to the Women in Mediation, United Nations Multi-Lateral Working Group, co-chairing the CSW66 delegation, 2022. She is active within the MBBI Europe Group and its Conflict in Public healthcare group. She participates in the Restorative Justice, Strategies for Change, stakeholder group, based at Maynooth University, Department of Law.
Anne-Marie is co-vice-chair of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, International Bar Association (2021-2022). She serves on the board of Mediation Northern Ireland.
She has an affinity with Malawi, contributed to Irish Rule of Law International’s work and delivered training to increase the use of restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution, to Judiciary. She also devised training related to gender and mediation for the paralegal service.
Anne-Marie practiced law for twenty-five years, leading to a combined management practice role, complimented with Board service. She was a volunteer and Director of Women’s Aid, Newry. She chaired the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Ireland, where she is a Faculty member. She served on the Legal Aid Board, Ireland.
She is recognised for her work in private dispute resolution, having served as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Ireland. She is passionate about raising women’s voices, and for her work, was honoured to be included in a work, ‘Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution‘, 2nd edition.
Through these experiences, Anne-Marie has gained valued insight, holding a steadfast belief in the transformative change that develops through conflict resolution, peace education and processes and mediation, integral to Peace Essential.