Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-plays, students will be introduced to mediation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus-building approach adopted. Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience. Applicants who have the means and ability to teach and train in transition countries will be given preference for acceptance.
Students will study conflict resolution process through multinational examples and perspectives and will examine challenges in designing and delivering dispute resolution initiatives in the dynamic context of emerging democracies, as well as mature, but adversarial, legal cultures. As the use of mediation grows around the world and as dangerous conflicts continue to proliferate, the relevance of this program, which addresses the development of collaborative dispute resolution processes, becomes more and more heightened. To highlight this, we will be asking participants to identify a local conflict which they will use to help develop a proposed plan to address the interests of all sides.
It is more and more standard for law schools to include programs in ADR and mediation. Ideally, this course can play a much-needed role in building capacity for the development of university training curricula as well as practical training in mediation, both at CEU and for institutions connected with our student participants. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.
The program encourages applications from junior and middle-career faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in law, social science, public administration, psychology, social work, public policy, political science, government and labor relations. The course attracts students from around the world, allowing participants to explore conflict resolution from diverse perspectives and contexts.
While this is an introductory course for mediation theory and skills, it is offered not only for students wanting such an introduction, but also for mediation teachers and professionals who want to examine theories of mediation and tools to implement mediation training.
The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
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