Last Updated: Thursday, June 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, in part thanks to the coming into force of the Mediation Act, 2017.
Starting in September 2021 (to be confirmed), King’s Inns will be launching an exciting new course in mediation.
This course aims to equip participants with the practical skills required to act as a mediator in a range of circumstances.
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
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 members of a club, society or other body, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to mediate.
LEAD LECTURER AND COURSE DIRECTOR
The course developers for the course are Cathrina Keville BL and Teresa Blake SC.
COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY
The most effective delivery methods will be used, in the form of a combination of online learning, self–study, and in–person small group training – with an emphasis on in–person workshops led by subject matter experts with experience of mediation.
Because we believe that in–person teaching is essential for this course, we cannot give a precise start date yet. It will, of course, adhere to public health guidelines.
We anticipate that the course will commence in September 2021 (to be confirmed). Live teaching will take place on weekends during the legal term, with the possibility of completing the course in a block of several consecutive days.
This course will have 60 hours of study, including around 40 hours of teaching.
This course will cover key topics including:
- 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, workshops will occur in very small groups, and places on the course will be strictly limited. Since we have had an extremely high level of interest in the course, we propose to run the course repeatedly to take account of demand.
Assessment and Accreditation
We can confirm that we are seeking accreditation for this course and will have more information on that in due course.
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