Advanced Diploma in Mediation

Page last updated: Monday, January 15, 2023


Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms have never been of greater importance than they are at present. In particular, mediation and access to qualified mediators are becoming a key feature of the Irish legal system. This is in part thanks to the coming into force of the Mediation Act, 2017.

The course is accredited by King’s Inns and the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII).


This Advanced Diploma will equip participants with the practical skills required to act as a mediator in a range of circumstances.

The course objectives are to enable participants to:

  1. Distinguish between different styles of, and contexts for, mediation while also knowing when a dispute is suitable for mediation;
  2. Apply the process phases of mediation in practice; 
  3. Learn and exercise appropriate communication skills in mediation; 
  4. Describe and apply conflict theory to the practice of mediation;
  5. Know the foundation concepts of mediation and contrast same with other ADR mechanisms;
  6. Explain and apply the Mediation Act, 2017 and other relevant sources of law; and 
  7. Recognise and respond to ethical issues in mediation.


This course attracts lawyers as well as non–legal professionals. Whether you would like to be equipped to mediate a formal legal dispute, or a dispute between work colleagues, members or volunteers of a club, society or other body, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to mediate.

Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.

“The advanced diploma in mediation at King’s Inn’s was a very informative course. It delivered on all the key components of the mediation process. The mix of academic and practical skills were very useful to learn the skills required to become a mediator. The in person practical support of role plays proved very useful on assessment day! I would highly recommend this advanced diploma to anyone with an interest in mediation and the process of mediation.” 

2023 Graduate


The designers and lead lecturers of the course are barristers and accredited mediators Cathrina Keville BL and Teresa Blake SC.


King’s Inns will run this course repeatedly throughout the year, with the next course running from Friday, January 19, 2024.

The most effective delivery methods will be used – with an emphasis on in–person workshops led by subject matter experts in mediation. This will be supported by a combination of online learning, self–study, and in–person small group training and feedback. 

  • Live teaching will take place over six in–person teaching days, followed by one recorded assessment day on which in–person attendance will also be required for all participants.

  • Participants will be required to assist with one another’s assessments as well as attending their own.

  • Participants are advised to allocate 20 hours of self–study before in–person training commences to read course materials.

In–person teaching will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 19 – evening introduction session, online via Zoom. Self–study in the period before the next in–person session
  • Friday, February 2 – full day, in–person
  • Friday, February 9 – full day, in–person
  • Friday, February 16 – full day, in–person
  • Friday, February 23 – full day, in–person
  • Friday, March 1 – full day, in–person
  • Friday, March 8 – full day, in–person
  • Wednesday, March 20 (Provisional): recorded assessments to take place after the conclusion of all classroom sessions – date to be confirmed.

In–person attendance is compulsory as these sessions are designed to practise and hone skills, provide feedback and develop participants to be able to practise as professional mediators in a range of settings.

This course will have 60 hours of study, 20 hours of self–directed study / reading material, and 40 hours of in–person teaching, including roleplay delivered at the compulsory weekend sessions.

Reading materials will be shared through our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). Before attending live classes, students on the course will be required to read the course manual and review online lectures and other resources. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our library and legal resource databases.

King’s Inns is built on networking and engagement. Over the year, we invite students and alumni to attend and participate in various social events, fireside chats and talks. Events take place either online or in–person. All of this contributes to the learning experience that is King’s Inns.

This course will cover key topics including:

  • Conflict
  • Mediation
  • Process phases of Mediation
  • Mediation and communication skills
  • Use of negotiation skills, tactics and strategies
  • Regulation of Mediation and related issues
  • Ethical principles of Mediation
  • Online mediation

To ensure the high quality of course delivery, the number of participants on the workshops will be limited and skills practise will be in groups of no more than four participants.

Please note the course content is subject to change in accordance with new developments in this area.

Previous Speakers

  • Teresa Blake SC
  • Mark Gerard Connaughton SC 
  • Sara Phelan SC 
  • Hugh I Mohan SC 
  • Cathy Smith SC
  • Cathrina Keville BL
  • Michael C. O’Connor BL


This is a professional development course and it is accredited independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and also by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII). The skills and competence gained in studying at King’s Inns are transferable, portable and recognised internationally. It is a valuable qualification delivered by distinguished lawyers, members of the judiciary, legal and other practitioners specialising in legal education.

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete all parts of the following assessments:

  • A written assignment of 2,500 words;
  • Practical mediation skills will be assessed by means of external assessment by the MII to obtain Certified Mediator status. This will take the form of a filmed mediation, following which a reflective piece will be submitted by the candidate. 

Candidates who successfully complete the course and assessment will be eligible to apply for membership of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII).


  • Course fee: €4,950.
  • You should view the fee structure, payment terms, and other charges here >

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. You must receive your discount code before applying. View more information here >


Places on this course are limited, and it is often over–subscribed. We have a selection criterion in place, and you are required to submit certain documentation to support your application.

  • All applicants will be asked to demonstrate suitability for the course by writing a short personal statement about why they believe they are suitable, as well as their motivation for taking the course. This may include reference to the applicant’s qualifications and / or previous or current work experience relevant to the course.
  • Optional: A certified copy of your academic and professional achievements. If you are a qualified barrister in the State it is not necessary to supply this information.
  • Optional: Additional Supporting Information – formal verification/letter of support from your employer / appointing body of current or previous appointment(s), where applicable.
  • Documents may be submitted in the following formats: pdf, png, gif, jpg, jpeg. The maximum allowed size for each document is 20MB. 

download the personal statement template >


Application Deadline: Midnight (Irish time) on Sunday, January 14, 2024

  • In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘register and apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application.
  • Acceptance on this course will not be notified on a rolling basis. If you have been accepted, your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. It is advised to pay as soon as you get accepted.
  • Payment can be made through the Application Portal using your credit or debit card (please make sure your bank allows you to process the full payment in one go), or 
  • If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a valid PO number in advance of making the application, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. 
  • The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. The participant will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the Application Portal. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their employer has paid in full within the timeframe required in order to secure a place. King’s Inns cannot contact your employer for payment, we can only liaise with the applicant.
  • An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.
  • Subscribing members: You must apply your discount code upon application. It cannot be applied after the application is made. 

Applications now closed



Mediation Graduate 2022

“Taking the King’s Inns’ Advanced Diploma in Mediation was a rewarding experience. The teachers are excellent and genuinely interested in imparting their in–depth knowledge of the subject matter. They cast us into the role–playing trenches from the beginning of the first class, and thoroughly explained the key principles of mediation and the phases of the process. Most importantly, they trained us to think like mediators rather than decision–makers which is no easy feat. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in a career in mediation and or simply interested in a fresh and constructive approach to dispute resolution.”

Mediation Graduate 2022

“This course was an excellent learning experience. The combination of comprehensive written material, pre–recorded lectures from experienced practitioners on every aspect of the mediation process; and intensive in–person classes taught by expert tutors was very effective in delivering the necessary theory and in teaching and re–enforcing the practical skills required to conduct a mediation. I would highly recommend this course.”