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Are you ready to challenge yourself?

Join us for the Mediation Symposium 2021 as we focus on ‘Inclusion and exclusion in mediation: Choosing to challenge?’

Registration fees are discounted for CIArb members and complimentary for our student members.

Mediation offers a way of broadening access to justice and producing creative, workable outcomes for all involved. However, this is only possible if we actively address access to mediation processes and focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, both within mediation practice and within the global mediation community. This means choosing to challenge ourselves as professionals to live up to the claims we make for the process we are all so passionate about.

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GMT+1 Mediation Symposium 2021 programme
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome address

Speakers: Ann Ryan Robertson, Louis Germain, Dr Isabel Phillips, Mercy McBrayer

Moderated by Jane Fender-Allison

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote: The Power of Participation and the Value of Voice

  • Have you ever wished that you had more authority as a mediator?
  • Have you ever wondered how to get reluctant parties in a mediation to participate?
  • Would you like to learn how you can enable everyone to feel heard and valued regardless of their title, identity, or perceived authority?

In a world that increasingly values equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, how do we enable people to have a voice and feel heard and valued in mediations, in meetings, in organisations and within the wider society.

Keynote speaker: Jane Gunn
Moderated by Dr Isabel Phillips

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Breaks:

  • How to develop a mediation practicemoderated by Corrado Mora
  • Mediation in Arbitration Guidelinemoderated by Gordon Nardell
  • Preparation for Commercial Mediation from a Participant (not Mediator) Perspective when: 1 Mediation is included in the contract when signed; 2 Mediation is agreed when a dispute arises, moderated by Bernard Michael Fleming
11:30 – 12:30 Access to justice and public sector/private sector disputes: Global issue-local solutions
Solutions to recognised issues of power imbalance and exclusion? Contributions from UK, Ukraine and India
Chair: Ann Ryan Robertson
Speakers: Adv. Rucha Ajey Dhakras, Iaroslav Gregirchak, Julienne Vernon
12:30 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 15:00 Hybrid processes and customary dispute resolution in emerging economies
Lessons for mediation practice in the 21st century? Contributions from South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya
Chair: Leyla Ahmed
Speakers: Mayombe Odubah, Marcus Cato, Dr Didas Kayihura, Gemechu Berhanu
15:00 – 15:30 Networking Breaks:

  • Mediation in Arbitration Guidelinemoderated by Andrew Miller
  • The role of mediation in remedying potential modern slavery/human rights abuses in the supply chainmoderated by Sheila Bates
  • The Case For and Against Court-Ordered Mediationmoderated by Chinwe Odigboegwu
15:30 – 16:30 Small states, regional institutions and local talent in a global market
Developing mediation practice in a crowded market? Contributions from across the world.
Chair: Shan Greer
Speakers: Dra. Blanca Gómez de la Torre, Dr Erik van Wellen, Chuan Wee Meng and Her Honour Elizabeth Solomon
16:30 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30 Choosing to challenge: How and when can I be an ally to those being excluded?
What to do when you don’t know what to do. Contributions from across the world.
Chair: Catherine Dixon
Speakers: Mercy Okiro, Roger Levitt, Dr Zaza Johnson Elsheikh, Ehsan Ali, Prof Katerina Yiannibas
18:30 – 19:00 Networking Breaks:

  • Mediation in Arbitration Guidelinemoderated by Andrew Miller
  • How do we get government to propagate the wider use of mediation?moderated by Lewis Johnston
19:00 – 20:00 Technology and mediation: Tools for inclusion?
How can technology facilitate inclusion in mediation? With contributions from Poland and the US.
Chair: Karolina Jackowicz
Speakers: David Allen Larson, Dr Ryan Abbott, Tracey Fox

Session supported by JAMS

20:00 – 20:30 Networking Breaks:

  • Mediation in Arbitration Guidelinesmoderated by Mercy McBrayer
  • What non-ADR life experience has helped prepare you best for your life as an ADR professional?moderated by Bryan J. Branon
20:30 – 21:30 Keynote: Seven questions to challenge exclusivity

Delivered by Prof Bernie Mayer
Moderated by Dr Isabel Phillips