Advanced Diploma in Mediation

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2021


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.

Starting in October 2021, King’s Inns will be launching an exciting new course in mediation.


This course 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 is suitable for both lawyers and non–lawyers. 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.


The course designers are Cathrina Keville BL and Teresa Blake SC.


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.

King’s Inns proposes to run this course repeatedly during the academic year 2021–2022, with the first course running from October 2021. 

  • In–person training will adhere to public health guidelines at the time of delivery. 
  • Live teaching will take place in person over three weekends within a ten–week period commencing in October 2021. 
  • Participants are advised to allocate two days of self–study before in–person training commences to read course materials.
  • In–person teaching will take place on both Saturday and Sunday of teaching weekends.
  • 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.

Dates of first Course 2021 – 2022 (provisional)

Course Start Date: Saturday, 9 October 2021

  1. Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October (pre–class reading and self–study weekend – no attendance at King’s Inns required)
  2. Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October (in–person training)
  3. Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October (in–person training)
  4. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November (in–person training)

Reading materials will be shared at the beginning of October 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.

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.

Provisional date of in–person assessments: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November

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 we reserve the right to change course content in accordance with new developments and practise in mediation. 

Speakers include:

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


To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete coursework and assessments. Students will be required to complete three learner journals on a choice of topics, one of which must be the Mediation Act, 2017. Students will also be tested by means of an online multiple–choice exam after completion of each section of the knowledge component part of the course. Practical mediation skills will be assessed by means of a filmed mediation, following which a reflective piece will be submitted by the candidate. 

This is a professional development course. It is awarded independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and delivered by seasoned, highly experienced practitioners. King’s Inns is exploring accreditation by other relevant professional bodies and will update this webpage in the event that the course is externally accredited.


Course fee: €4,950. View fee structure and other charges here.

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.


We have had an overwhelming interest in this course and as places are strictly limited, we expect them to be filled quickly. Prospective students are advised to apply early. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Successful applicants may be offered a place in either the first course or the next available course, depending on the number of suitable applicants. The second course will commence in January / February 2022. Dates of the second and subsequent courses will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

We have selection criterion in place, and applicants are required to submit documentation to support their 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

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. This email address will be used for all future correspondence.

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.

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit or debit card. An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, 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. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

register and apply here