Julia Palmiano Federer holds a MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Basel. Her doctoral research analyses the role of mediators in norms diffusion, specifically in the contexts of the peace processes in Myanmar and the Philippines. Before joining swisspeace in 2013, she interned with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights Watch and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She has also worked as a research assistant for the Political Science Department of the University of British Columbia and as a project assistant for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Julia works as a Program Officer in the Mediation program at swisspeace, where she is conducting her doctoral research in the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation funded project, “Are mediators norm entrepreneurs?”.