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IV Congreso Mundial a distancia sobre Métodos Adecuados para la Resolución de Conflictos.

Eje temático: La contribución de los MARC al abordaje de los conflictos derivados de la Inmigración Indocumentada en Hispanoamérica


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Martes, 12 de Agosto de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

August 12, 2014 #542 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Adding Verbal and Non-Verbal Communications Capacity in Virtual Contexts  • Shooting Yourself in the Foot • Introducing Mediate Español  •Observatorio del Conflicto Social - en Espanol  • Mediación Comunitaria, Redes Sociales, y Javier Mascherano - en Espanol • La Mediación en Costa Rica • On What Level Are We Mediating? • The Myth of Mediation Neutrality - book excerpt • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Adding Verbal and Non-Verbal Communications Capacity in Virtual Contexts 
Ben Ziegler
Working virtually can put the squeeze on our full range of verbal and nonverbal communication skills. This is a given with it comes to nonverbal. When we’re in the same physical space together, the success of our communication effort is mightily influenced by our nonverbal, visual, actions. Where is body language, and tone of voice, in a tweet or Facebook post? Fortunately, there are virtual ways to add back some of our lost communications capacity, both verbal and nonverbal. 
Shooting Yourself in the Foot
Don Cripe
One of the earliest “learned professions” in the Western world is the law.  A reading of ancient history from the earliest beginnings of Western civilization will reveal allusions to lawyers.  Popes, kings and feudal governments relied heavily upon lawyers to guide them. Yet, from early days and primarily because of the educational and status advantages lawyers held over most of society, the profession has suffered from poor public opinion, criticism and, in popular culture, with the onset of the “lawyer joke.” 
Introducing Mediate Español 
Por favor, disfrutar de la nueva Sección de Idioma Español de Mediate.com editado por by Alberto Elisavetsky.  See www.mediate.com/Espanol.
Observatorio del Conflicto Social - en Espanol
Alberto Elisavetsky
En un contexto social de alta litigiosidad, bajo apego al cumplimiento de las normas que regulan la vida social, el incremento de la violencia como forma de intercambio interpersonal y el uso del poder como forma demasiado extendida de resolver diferendos, parece oportuna la creación de un Instituto del Conflicto, que profundice y articule actividades académicas y sociales, en el nuevo y vasto campo de la resolución de conflictos. 
Mediación Comunitaria, Redes Sociales, y Javier Mascherano  
Maria Eugenia Sole
Mediación comunitaria, redes sociales y Javier Mascherano en nuestra mesa De la “hombría” a la “caballerosidad”. En las últimas horas las redes sociales se vieron inundadas de referencias a Javier Mascherano, capitán “sin cinta” de la selección de futbol argentina, exaltando su hombría de bien, su temple, perseverancia y espíritu de equipo.
La Mediación en Costa Rica
Rosa Abdelnour
A mediados de la década de los noventa se realizó en Costa Rica, por parte del Poder Judicial, una consulta ciudadana para evaluar la percepción acerca del sistema judicial. Los resultados mostraron descontento entre la población por el formalismo para acceder al sistema y la mora o duración de los procesos que se consideraba excesiva. 
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On What Level Are We Mediating?
Oran Kaufman
How do you define success in mediation? The answer depends in part on who is asking the question? Success for the parties may be different than success for the mediator or success for the court. This article explores the question of how to define success in mediation from a variety of angles including what does success mean for the mediation profession? 
The Myth of Mediation Neutrality - book excerpt
Kevin Boileau
The traditional view is that a mediator is a neutral, third party who helps two or more conflicting parties cooperatively resolve their differences. Interestingly enough, this belief is analogous to the Cartesian-Newtonian epistemological position that holds that one can be an independent observer of an objective world, in science or in daily life. However, I am skeptical about this position, both epistemologically and clinically. What remains an open question is whether a mediator can actually ever be a “neutral third.” 
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Basic 40 Hour Mediation Training – Now Streaming Online! 
Dr. Clare Fowler, Instructor 
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This Week’s Mediation News 
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  • Robin Williams on Conflict 
  • Selecting your mediator and drafting the mediation agreement
    Given the critical role played by the mediator in the mediation process, the selection of the mediator is a topic that attracts significant attention. While in some cases the parties (or their advisors) will have a specific mediator in mind or be content to engage a mediator proposed by one of the commercial ADR providers, the exercise of identifying suitable candidates is often more complex.
  • Ireland: Divorcing couples face mandatory counselling to stave off court action
    Couples who want to end their marriage could be forced to take part in mandatory counselling and mediation as part of proposals for a radical overhaul of the family law system being considered by the Government.  
  • Opt for a common-sense divorce
    Trying to get a divorce? Wondering why it’s taking so long and costing so much? Family courts are backlogged because we’ve been conditioned to believe the divorce process has to be both litigious and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be either of those things. If we applied some common sense — putting the beginning of our next chapter ahead of the retaliation we feel for ending the last chapter — it could be a much smoother process.
  • Camp focuses on conflict resolution
    Five Palestinians, five Israelis and five Americans join together in a local camp designed to increase empathy and awareness in the youth.
  • Obama strikes a blow against the scourge of forced arbitration
    Little noticed in coverage of President Obama’s signing of the Fair Play and Safe Workplaces executive order July 31 was a provision that has been called “one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years.”  The statement comes from Paul Bland of the public interest group Public Justice, quoted by Emily Bazelon of Slate. He’s right; what he’s referring to is a provision of the order that bars employers from forcing workers to bring workplace discrimination, sexual assault or sexual harassment cases only through arbitration.
  • Taking a Broker to Arbitration
    If you have a problem with your investment broker and you cannot resolve the dispute on your own, you probably won’t get your day in court. But you will be heard, most likely in a conference room somewhere, before a panel of arbitrators.
  • IL: Mandatory mediation on tap for foreclosure process
    “What we have here is failure to communicate,” the warden says to a prisoner played by Paul Newman in a scene of the movie “Cool Hand Luke.” In courtroom hearings on foreclosures, Judge Mike Jones often sees exactly that — a failure to communicate — between the homeowner and the bank, he said.  

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2014 APFM Conference – October 16-19 in San Diego
Join the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) in San Diego for our annual conference: “Casting a Wider Net in the Ocean of Family Mediation.”  Learn from top presenters in the field (dozens of sessions to choose from). Engage in enriching lunch discussion groups. Enjoy three great plenary sessions. Participate in one or more of the nine (9) fantastic pre-conference institutes.  All at the beautiful Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa!  Full information is here.
Training & Conference Calendar

  • August 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA – 30 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • August 18-22 – Chicago, IL – Divorce and Custody Mediation Training
  • August 18 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 18-30 – Brussels, Belgium – Become a Qualified International Mediator
  • September 4-6 – Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IRE – International Mediation Conference
  • September 5-14 – Santa Fe, NM – 40 hr. Basic Mediation Training
  • September 6 – San Rafael, CA – The Power of Asking for Forgiveness Free Workshop
  • September 8-12 – Denver, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • September 8-November 10 – Webinar CINERGY® Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • September 8-11 – Macon, GA – General Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • September 9-12 – Denver, CO – Basic 40-hour Mediation Training
  • September 9 – Colorado Springs, CO – Interested in Becoming a Mediator – 2-hr. seminar
  • September 10-16 – Salt Lake City, UT – 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • September 11-17 – Washington, DC – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution presents Mediating the Litigated Case
  • September 11-19 – Victor, NY – ACR Approved Family & Divorce Mediation Training
  • September 15-16 – San Marcos, TX – 12 Hour CPS Mediation Training
  • September 16-18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Divorce Mediation Training 24 hours
  • September 18-October 3 – Bristol, UK – Accredited Community Mediator Training Programme
  • September 19 – San Rafael, CA – Interviewing Children in Separation/Divorce Process – A Structured Interview Model with Joan Kelly
  • September 19 – Dallas, TX – Advanced Attorney Mediator Training – The Magic of Mediation
  • September 19-20 – Brookline, MA – Two-day Training in Marital Mediation
  • September 19-21 – Kensington, MD – 20-hour Child Access Mediation Training
  • September 22-26 – Colorado Springs, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs
  • September 25-October 11 – Lancaster, PA – Fall Basic Mediation Training
  • September 26-27 – Thessaloniki Greece – UIA World Forum of Mediation Centres
  • September 29 – October 2 – Dallas, TX – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs
  • September 30-October 2 – Colorado Springs, CO – Workplace Mediation Training 24 hrs
  • October 1-11 – San Marcos, TX – CTDRC 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • October 3-6 – Portland, OR – Basic 40-hour mediation training
  • October 6-9 – Saratoga Springs, NY – 30-hour basic mediation training
  • October 6-10 – Macon, GA – General Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • October 7-8 – Portland, OR – Divorce and Family Mediation Training
  • October 7-9 – Denver, CO – Conflict Coaching Training – 24 hrs
  • October 8-11 – Cincinnati, OH – ACR 2014 Annual Conference

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Editors: Jim Melamed and Clare Fowler. We welcome comments and feedback. Send your comments to editor@mediate.com

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Miércoles, 6 de Agosto de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

August 5, 2014 #541 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Beware of Ultimatums When Negotiating • Book Review: The Variegated Landscape of Mediation • La Mediación en Costa Rica •Do Your Surrounding Systems Support Your Inner Self?  • Mediación Comunitaria, Redes Sociales, y Javier Mascherano - en Espanol • What the Supreme Court of India Got Right and What it Got Wrong • International Mediation Updates • Legal Mediation News • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Beware of Ultimatums When Negotiating
John Sturrock
Good negotiation involves lots of client moves, client satisfaction, flexible negotiators, . . . and few ultimatums. Remember these tips in order to get the best agreement for your client.
Book Review: The Variegated Landscape of Mediation
Michael Leathes
Never before has an attempt been made to capture the distinctive qualities and differences that combine to make mediation eclectic and also truly comprehensible. Until now. The Variegated Landscape of Mediation (Eleven International Publishing, July 2014) is a collaboration of around 90 of mediation’s thought leaders from around the world. It is the first work that explains on a global plane how mediation has cross-pollinated itself into such a kaleidoscopic display of both consistent and contradictory features.
Do Your Surrounding Systems Support Your Inner Self?
Ralph Kilmann
Are your surrounding systems separate from your inner self? I would like to address the observation that we typically define our sense of self as being separate from our surrounding systems. So I ponder: What are the consequences of keeping our sense of self (some integration of ego, soul, and self-worth) separate from our surrounding systems?
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International Mediation Updates
Keith Seat
Here is another in a series of updates on International Mediation Developments from Keith Seat, Mediate.com News Editor.
Featured Mediator Program
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Legal Mediation News
Keith Seat
Here is another in a series of updates on Legal Mediation News from Mediate.com News Editor, Keith Seat.
Mediación Comunitaria, Redes Sociales, y Javier Mascherano - en Espanol
Maria Eugenia Sole
Mediación comunitaria, redes sociales y Javier Mascherano en nuestra mesa De la “hombría” a la “caballerosidad”. En las últimas horas las redes sociales se vieron inundadas de referencias a Javier Mascherano, capitán “sin cinta” de la selección de futbol argentina, exaltando su hombría de bien, su temple, perseverancia y espíritu de equipo.
What the Supreme Court of India Got Right and What it Got Wrong
Niyata Samir Ghandi
The Kluwer Arbitration Blog published an outsider’s perspective on the decision of the Supreme Court of India which has been applauded by international practitioners around the world since it curbed the jurisdiction of Indian courts over an arbitration agreement supplementing the pro-arbitration jurisprudence coming from the SCI over the last two years. The writer has commented not only as an outsider but also and more particularly as a Civil Lawyer, proposing an excellent alterative to the court’s approach. However, it may be necessary to have an insider’s perspective on the judgment.
Basic 40 Hour Mediation Training – Now Streaming Online!
Dr. Clare Fowler, Instructor
There is no more convenient or affordable way to take a 40-hour Mediation Training.  Dr. Fowler’s course is now available by online streaming (6 month access). This 40-hour course satisfies most state and court basic mediation requirements.  Click here for more information.
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This Week’s Mediation News
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  • 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation
    If your company is headed to a mediation, you’re in good company. A recent study of more than 350 Fortune 1000 companies showed that nearly all of them have used mediation in the last three years to resolve a dispute. Compared to other dispute resolution mechanisms, mediation can be attractive for any number of reasons, not the least of which is that you are the master of your own fate and you have the opportunity to resolve matters early on—privately and without the extended costs and risks of litigation.  But successful mediations do not simply happen. Here are 10 tips you can use to increase the likelihood that your mediation is a success.
  • The psychology of mediation
    studies show that an individual’s satisfaction with a court proceeding, arbitration or mediation depend on whether that person perceives the process as “fair.” Parties are more willing to enter into a settlement, and to comply with its terms, if they credit the process as a fair one. Reaching a negotiated result, and then abiding by the agreed-to terms, therefore, may hinge on the parties’ belief that the mediation has been fairly conducted. When evaluating “fairness,” most people ask themselves whether they had a voice in the process. Surprisingly, the actual result is of secondary importance. What people want is the ability to have substantive input into the ultimate decision.
  • DirecTV CEO says he’s open to mediation to resolve Dodgers TV dispute
    Satellite broadcaster DirecTV said it would be open to some sort of mediation to resolve its dispute with Time Warner Cable over carriage of SportsNet LA, the new local TV home for the Dodgers. Speaking to analysts and investors during its second-quarter earnings conference call, DirecTV Chief Executive Mike White said he is “frustrated” with the negotiations with Time Warner Cable, which has distribution rights for the Dodgers-owned channel.  While White’s remarks may be seen as cause for optimism for Dodgers fans, he also suggested that the team should be part of any talks. “Without active participation of the Dodgers I’m not sure how you get any resolution to this dispute,” White said.
  • Bangalore: Mediation a big success
    Mediation is catching on in the city with more than 60 per cent of all cases referred to the Bangalore Mediation Centre being resolved out of court. The centre, just off KH (Double) Road, handles about a 100 cases every day, according to mediators who volunteer at the centre. As a free alternative to litigation, mediation centres bring relief to an already burdened legislative system. The rules for mediation were framed by the High Court of Karnataka in 2006 and the centre was set up in 2007. Prashanth Chandra, a mediator for seven years and an advocate
  • Mediation of Insurance Coverage Cases
    Resolving insurance coverage disputes through mediation requires careful assessment of three unique elements: the insurance policy, the rules applicable to the application of the policy and the cases construing the policy. Evaluative mediation provides the best approach for resolving these disputes. It requires parties, counsel and the mediator to evaluate the strength and weaknesses of coverage issues, and it provides for input from the mediator as to possible outcomes of the case. There are also other issues unique to insurance coverage cases that must be addressed in the mediation process.
  • Mediation Perspectives: The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims in Dialogue With the World
    Conflicts with a religious dimension are increasingly commanding global attention and have become a focal point for those working in the field of dialogue and mediation. While the role of religion in conflict is salient, focusing excessively on this relationship runs the risk of losing track of the unifying capacity of religious institutions and the work that is being done by their members to transcend cultural, religious and political boundaries. Against the backdrop of intensifying unrest between Sunni and Shia Islamic communities in many different regions of the world, it is pertinent to remind ourselves of the many initiatives from within these communities to bridge differences. What can we learn from the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community regarding the promotion of peaceful co-existence worldwide?

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  • Director of ADR and Mediation Program - NC
  • Circuit Court Skates – FL
  • Contract ADR Professionals (roster) – Eastern US
  • Mediation Education Specialists – NY
  • Mediation/Arbitration Specialist – MI
  • Mediation Clinic Fellow – MA

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Training & Conference Calendar

  • August 11 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 11-13 – Chicago, IL – 2.5 Day Training in Elder Mediation
  • August 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA – 30 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • August 18-22 – Chicago, IL – Divorce and Custody Mediation Training
  • August 18 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 18-30 – Brussels, Belgium – Become a Qualified International Mediator
  • September 4-6 – Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IRE – International Mediation Conference
  • September 5-14 – Santa Fe, NM – 40 hr. Basic Mediation Training
  • September 6 – San Rafael, CA – The Power of Asking for Forgiveness Free Workshop
  • September 8-12 – Denver, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • September 8-November 10 – Webinar CINERGY® Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • September 9-12 – Denver, CO – Basic 40-hour Mediation Training
  • September 9 – Colorado Springs, CO – Interested in Becoming a Mediator – 2-hr. seminar
  • September 10-16 – Salt Lake City, UT – 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • September 11-17 – Washington, DC – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution presents Mediating the Litigated Case
  • September 11-19 – Victor, NY – ACR Approved Family & Divorce Mediation Training
  • September 15-16 – San Marcos, TX – 12 Hour CPS Mediation Training
  • September 16-18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Divorce Mediation Training 24 hours
  • September 18-October 3 – Bristol, UK – Accredited Community Mediator Training Programme
  • September 19 – San Rafael, CA – Interviewing Children in Separation/Divorce Process – A Structured Interview Model with Joan Kelly
  • September 19-20 – Brookline, MA – Two-day Training in Marital Mediation
  • September 19-21 – Kensington, MD – 20-hour Child Access Mediation Training

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Editors: Jim Melamed and Clare Fowler. We welcome comments and feedback. Send your comments to editor@mediate.com.

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Miércoles, 30 de Julio de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

July 29, 2014 #540 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Mind the Gap: Mediation and Justice • Understanding Each Party’s Power in Family Mediation-Arbitration: Why it is Critical • La Mediación en Costa Rica • Legal Mediation News - July 2014 • International Mediation Updates • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Mind the Gap: Mediation and Justice
Charlie Irvine
This article examines the alleged gap between mediation and justice. It considers ideas of both substantive and procedural justice and examines persistent critiques of mediation as falling short of the supposed gold standard of litigation. It goes on to propose an alternative reading of mediation as a site where parties are empowered to negotiate not only the outcome of their dispute, but the criteria by which that outcome is judged. This can be read as providing more, rather then less, justice, particularly in diverse societies where legal and social norms are contested.
Legal Mediation News - July 2014
Keith Seat
Here is another in a series of updates on Legal Mediation News from Mediate.com News Editor, Keith Seat.
Understanding Each Party’s Power in Family Mediation-Arbitration: Why it is Critical
Hilary Linton
A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision illustrates the need for clearer guidelines for “screening for power imbalances and domestic violence”, a mandatory component of Ontario family arbitration. It also demonstrates the benefits for parties, lawyers and arbitrators in understanding that some methods of screening are more effective than others; and in ensuring that screening is done in accordance with the best practices before the mediation in a mediation-arbitration.
Featured Mediator Program
Special pricing ends July 31. Limited availability.  Some area codes are sold out.  See www.mediate.com/Featured for full information.
International Mediation Updates
Keith Seat
Here is another in a series of updates on International Mediation Developments from Keith Seat, Mediate.com News Editor.
La Mediación en Costa Rica
Rosa Abdelnour
A mediados de la década de los noventa se realizó en Costa Rica, por parte del Poder Judicial, una consulta ciudadana para evaluar la percepción acerca del sistema judicial. Los resultados mostraron descontento entre la población por el formalismo para acceder al sistema y la mora o duración de los procesos que se consideraba excesiva.
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2014 ACR Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 8-11, 2014
The ACR Conference now offers continuing education credits such as CLE and CME!  The conference theme – Many Notes One Symphony: Conflict Engagers in Harmony – offers conference participants a melody of programs that deepen their understanding and harmonization of the ADR Field.  Cincinnati 2014 is a conference with a difference. We are offering the opportunity to be part of a beautiful collection of well thought out and engaging conflict resolution pieces.  Over 90 sessions are available!  Visit the ACR Annual Conference Website atwww.acrannualconference.org for complete Conference Program information.  See you in Cincinnati!
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This Week’s Mediation News
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  • Big Risks and Disadvantages of Arbitration vs. Litigation
    Three recent high-profile arbitral awards highlight the risks of arbitration and demonstrate that, contrary to widespread belief, arbitration is often not cheaper, faster or more predictable than litigation. These three awards, as well as emerging trends in arbitral proceedings, call into question the common practice among corporations of including contractual provisions mandating arbitration in the event of any disputes.
  • “To See Ourselves as Others See Us”: The surprising potential of Online Dispute Resolution
    Many of us have been hearing about Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for years but haven’t quite got round to using it. It sounds like a nice idea when face-to-face mediation isn’t an option through distance and/or cost. And yet I suspect that for most mediators the ‘gold standard’ is being in the same room as our clients. We can see people, hear them, feel the emotional temperature; we can also speak, use our eyes, use our hands; even jump to our feet when things get stuck. A small screen, by contrast, seems flat, miniature and limited. However, if precedent is anything to go by, it would be foolish to bet against the forward march of technology.
  • Judge Orders Mediation for SpaceX, US Air Force
    A federal judge has asked the U.S. Air Force and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to try mediation to resolve a lawsuit over the service’s $11 billion order of rockets from SpaceX-rival United Launch Alliance. SpaceX filed the lawsuit April 28, asking the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to void a large portion of the deal, under which the Air Force ordered 36 rocket cores from ULA on a sole-source basis. The U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Air Force, has asked the court to dismiss the case. But Judge Susan Braden on July 24 directed the two sides to explore a third alternative: mediation. Braden asked SpaceX to provide, by Sept. 10, a list of proposed issues for mediation, potential mediators and a timetable. The Air Force will then have until Oct. 14 to determine whether SpaceX’s proposed terms for mediation are acceptable.
  • Five mediation secrets can change life
    I’ve been a lawyer for almost 30 years and a mediator since 1990. I’ve learned how to help resolve people’s problems, getting them not only what they say they want, but what they really want and aren’t telling me. I have five secrets that have changed my life and those of the people I work and play with. I’ll let you in on these secrets. Use them wisely. They are powerful tools.

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  • Executive Director – MD
  • Mediation Services Coordinator – FL
  • Mediation/Arbitration Specialist – MI
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Dr. Clare Fowler, Instructor
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Training & Conference Calendar

  • August 2 – San Rafael, CA – Realigning with Your True Self
  • August 4-9 – Malibu, CA – Mediating the Litigated Case 6 Day Program
  • August 4-6 – Dallas, TX – Family Mediation with Dr. Nancy Ferrell
  • August 11 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 11-13 – Chicago, IL – 2.5 Day Training in Elder Mediation
  • August 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA – 30 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • August 18-22 – Chicago, IL – Divorce and Custody Mediation Training
  • August 18 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 18-30 – Brussels, Belgium – Become a Qualified International Mediator
  • September 4-6 – Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IRE – International Mediation Conference
  • September 5-14 – Santa Fe, NM – 40 hr. Basic Mediation Training
  • September 6 – San Rafael, CA – The Power of Asking for Forgiveness Free Workshop
  • September 8-12 – Denver, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.

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The Mediate.com Weekly

Jueves, 24 de Julio de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

July 22, 2014 #539 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Mediating Inheritance Disputes • Mediation: A Way Out or Hard Work? • Insecurity in Nigeria: Focus on Social Protection • Incremental Progress in Mediation: Baby Steps, Strategic Mediation & Less is More • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Mediating Inheritance Disputes
Jeffrey Fink
Inheritance disputes can be difficult to resolve. They are tied up in a lifetime of emotions toward the deceased and every other claimant under the will, as well as personal and spousal expectations of monetary gain. Here are 10 tips and tricks that have helped with this kind of dispute.
Mediation: A Way Out or Hard Work?
Don Cripe
After I closed my law practice in favor of providing full-time ADR services, I bumped into an old-time mediator whom I had known for many years. When I told him of the change in my career he commented, “So, you don’t want to work so hard anymore.” This article is my reflection on his observations.
Insecurity in Nigeria: Focus on Social Protection
Mary Aderibigbe
The spate of insecurity has become alarming. There have been calls for stringency of laws to bring culprits to justice. Security operatives go after the perpetrators and turn over those apprehended to the courts — yet the conditions that breed revolt are worsening. This spells real danger!
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Incremental Progress in Mediation: Baby Steps, Strategic Mediation …
James Melamed
Taken from Jim’s training manual, these introductory excerpts suggest that progress in mediation is necessarily incremental; that the mediator should in fact strategically focus on baby steps of progress that can be made; and that, in effectively mediating, the mediator should seek to “only do so much as is necessary” to stimulate available progress so as to not over-direct the process and allow participants to claim progress as their own.
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  • Privatization of justice & “Sharia courts”
    The apex court in its landmark decision on 7th July, 2014 held that sharia courts are not courts as Indian legal does not recognize a parallel judicial system. But then is it not a fact that privatization of justice is fact of life not only in India but in most developed countries? Does our law not recognize arbitration and other alternative methods of dispute resolution? Are not sharia courts and fatwas different and therefore should not be clubbed together? What has been the performance of sharia courts in last 94 years? Has not the latest decision given new lease of life to the sharia courts?
  • Divorcing Parents: 10 Questions to Ask Before Fighting Over the Kids
    Divorce attorney Larry Sarezky has created a short film to stop divorcing parents from engaging in high-conflict custody battles for the sake of the kids. I saw the film, Talk to Strangers, and was dramatically impacted by its message. Larry also provides ten questions divorcing parents should ask themselves before fighting over the kids in court. His years of experience have shown him the consequences for the children involved — effects they’ll experience on a life-long basis. Here are Larry’s 10 questions, along with his opening comments about high conflict divorce.
  • India: Mediation to settle the trouble in family
    Over 20,000 cases related to family disputes have been settled in Bangalore with the help of a third party mediator over the last 7 years.
    1. Total no: of cases referred to mediation: 35784
    2. Total no: of cases mediated: 27915
    3. Total cases not mediated and returned: 5864
    4. Total cases mediated and settled: 20534
  • Can we change the mediation paradigm from voluntary to mandatory?
    I have just returned from an enjoyable but hectic visit to the United States. During my stay, I took some time to read up on the family law situation both in the US and north of the border in Canada. It is always intriguing to see such familiar family law touchstones as legal aid and mediation in a completely different context.

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Mediator Pioneer Series:

  • Divorce Mediation Field Combined Law and Social Work - Video
    Jay Folberg
    Jay describes early on in the field when he, as a lawyer, collaborated with psychologists and social workers and they learned from each other.
  • Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging - Video
    Constance Ahrons
    Connie discusses the pre-joint-custody model for the relationship between Ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses where hanging on.
  • Mediation Skillset is Essential for our Survival - Video
    Kenneth Cloke
    Ken discusses the significance of mediation and how the world needs to learn these skills in order for us to survive as a species.
  • Humor, Rapport, and Experience - Video
    Sid Lezak
    Sid describes how he used humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can become somewhat automatic.
  • Gender and Culture in Mediation - Video
    Nina Meierding
    Nina explains putting theory to practice regarding studies of gender and culture in mediation. She describes being sensitive and respectful of diverse thought processes and communication methods.
  • Problem Solving vs. Transformative Mediation - Video
    Chris Moore
    Chris talks about mediators who are problem solvers and those who attempt to transform the relationships and moral views of the parties; Moore’s position is somewhere in the middle.
Basic 40 Hour Mediation Training – Now Streaming Online!
with Dr. Clare Fowler
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Training & Conference Calendar

  • July 26 – San Rafael, CA – The Power of Forgiveness to Heal Relationships
  • July 28 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • July 29-August 1 – Newton, MA – Elder Decisions’ Elder /Adult Family Mediation Training
  • August 2 – San Rafael, CA – Realigning with Your True Self
  • August 4-9 – Malibu, CA – Mediating the Litigated Case 6 Day Program
  • August 4-6 – Dallas, TX – Family Mediation with Dr. Nancy Ferrell
  • August 11 – San Rafael, CA – Free Forgiveness Teleseminar
  • August 11-13 – Chicago, IL – 2.5 Day Training in Elder Mediation
  • August 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA – 30 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • August 18-22 – Chicago, IL – Divorce and Custody Mediation Training
  • September 4-6 – Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IRE – International Mediation Conference
  • September 5-14 – Santa Fe, NM – 40 hr. Basic Mediation Training

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Jueves, 19 de Junio de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

June 17, 2014 #534 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Competition, Collaboration and Integrity at the World Cup • How to Encourage Perspective-Taking • Post-Divorce Blues: Unresolved Issues and New Problems Unsettle Divorced Spouses • Meditation Enhances Mediation: A Six Sigma Perspective • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Competition, Collaboration and Integrity at the World Cup
James Melamed
As a former soccer player and professional mediator, I now think about the World Cup and soccer in terms of how we interrelate as human beings, focusing on issues of competition, collaboration and integrity. There are many lessons to be learned and a very special opportunity at risk of being missed.
How to Encourage Perspective-Taking
Caryn Cridland
When people get angry or upset, they have the tendency to forget to look at other possible circumstances or view points of the situation. They look at just the behaviour and not the possible intentions or causes of the behaviour. It is the mediator’s role to help the parties to see other viewpoints. The article explores examples of situations where perspective-taking can be beneficial. It also explores strategies that encourage perspective-taking. These include telling stories where the participants have been pushed to a point, examining their own behaviour and looking at common values or goals.
Creative Responses to Conflict through Mediation and Restorative Practices - September 4-7 in Ireland
The Kennedy Institute at the National University of Ireland Maynooth announces the International Conference onCreative Responses to Conflict through Mediation and Restorative Practices, 4-7th September 2014. Come and enjoy lively presentations in beautiful university surroundings. The Conference includes a visit to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The early bird registration rate of € 200 is available until 30th June.  The Kennedy Institute invites mediators and collaborative practices to send their submission of paper/workshop.  The deadline is Saturday 5th July 2014 at 17.00.  Send paper/workshop proposals to: kennedyconference.submission@nuim.ie
The programme of Plenary Sessions & Preconference Institutes is here:
http://kennedyinstitute.nuim.ie/internationalmediationconference
Pioneer Series:

Gender and Culture in Mediation - Video
Nina Meierding
Nina explains how to put theory into practice regarding studies of gender and culture in mediation. She describes being sensitive and respectful of diverse thought processes and communication methods in mediation.

Humor, Rapport and Experience - Video
Sid Lezak
Sid describes how he uses humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can become somewhat automatic.

Problem Solving vs. Transformative Mediation - Video
Chris Moore
Chris talks about mediators who are problem solvers and those who attempt to transform the relationships and moral views of the parties.  Moore’s position is somewhere in the middle.

Mediation Skillset is Essential for our Survival - Video
Kenneth Cloke
Ken discusses the significance of mediation and how the world needs to learn these skills in order for us to survive as a species.

Mediation Field Combined Law, Psychology and Social Work - Video
Jay Folberg
Jay describes early the beginnings of family mediation when he, as a lawyer, collaborated with psychologists and social workers and they learned from each other.

APFM Advanced Training - July 19-20 in Seattle
Join the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) for an advanced training in Seattle: Power Imbalance in Family Mediation, including presentations by Hilary Linton, Claudette Reimer and Bill Eddy. Full information and registration are here.
Post-Divorce Blues: Unresolved Issues and New Problems Unsettle Divorced Spouses
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Months, even years, of haggling and anxiety were finally at an end. A new beginning was in the offering. Yet the initial relief, may be filled with sadness, and may well be short-lived. Divorced couples are often faced with agreements that do little to help them navigate an evolving, and even rocky, future. Mediation provides an agreement which is clear and specific as to beginning points and ends, as to the details of property, support, and the children, including education, death, and taxes, provides insurance for protecting couples from the surprises of tomorrow. agreement which is clear and specific as to beginning points and ends, as to the details of property, support, and the children, including education, death, and taxes, provides insurance for protecting couples from the surprises of tomorrow.
Meditation Enhances Mediation: A Six Sigma Perspective
Tony Belak, Pradeep Deshpande
The importance of including meditation in mediation efforts is explained. A considerable body of evidence in the scientific literature, as well as reputed media publications, are supportive of the hypothesis meditation will enhance workplace mediation programs. Together they will lead to less workplace discord and workforce conflict, as well as offer improvements in health, wellness, quality, productivity, and competitive position.
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  • Mediation speeds Franklin County property-tax challenges
    A mediation program designed to handle routine property-value challenges has been so successful that Franklin County officials say it could clear up a backlog of sometimes-years-old complaints by early next year. The program, the first of its kind in the state, allows homeowners to challenge the value that the auditor’s office sets for their property without having to go through the more traditional, formal hearing process before the county’s board of revision. Most of the cases are decided over the phone in a conference call with the property owner, a representative of the auditor’s office and an independent, third-party mediator.
  • Brooklyn judge asked to discard his own mediator
    The Brooklyn judge deciding whether to disqualify certain scorers who evaluated proposals to purchase Long Island College Hospital is being asked to discard one of his own mediators.
  • Airport board ‘can mediate in good faith’ on ex-director’s discrimination complaint
    The director of the Charleston County Aviation Authority said mediation is a possibility in the gender discrimination complaint filed by the former director of the county’s three airports. “We can certainly mediate in good faith,” said Airports Director Paul Campbell. “We want something that allows us to run the airport in a cost-effective manner.” The resolution to the nearly year-old dispute with ex-airports Director Sue Stevens does not have to involve money entirely, Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage added. He did not elaborate.
  • Court Must Mediate in Cases Involving Children
    New Iowa Legislature-mandated mediation guidelines for court cases involving children will take effect next month. If you have a dissolution of marriage or a domestic relations case involving children, you’ll be ordered to go through mediation to try and mediate the issues. Previously, mediation didn’t happen unless the parties involved in the case did it on their own. There will be a mediator roster provided to the parties and they will choose their own.” The mediator will then file a report saying whether it’s been successful or not. Statistically, it’s been proven that the parties in these cases are happier that they’re a part of the outcome as opposed to going to trial.
  • New mediation date set for Hope Mills and builders of Hope Mills Lake dam
    A mediation date of July 9 was set Monday in a lawsuit filed by the town against the designers and builders of the failed Hope Mills Lake dam.  In a related matter, the judge said he would decide later on whether the town is required to release documents to Crowder Construction, one of the defendants in the case.  Morphis said Crowder wants emails and other communication regarding a settlement the town reached with Mosher Engineering, another of the defendants.  The town filed suit in October 2012 over the $14 million dam, which failed in June 2010. It seeks more than $10 million in repair costs.
  • Norwegian Oil Industry Faces Mediation to Avoid Output Halt
    Norwegian oil workers and employers will start mediation talks tomorrow to bridge differences and avoid a strike that threatens to halt about 115,000 barrels of oil a day. The mediation deadline is set for midnight tomorrow and involves two unions that broke off wage talks last month over pensions, according to the parties involved. Talks frequently run beyond the deadline. “We naturally hope for a solution,” Sverre Simen Hov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Organization of Managers and Executives, said by phone on June 13. It’s “very difficult” to predict the outcome, he said.
  • Mediation on rise in matrimonial cases
    The cost of a divorce or separation through mediation is typically 50 percent less and takes about half the time of a traditional court proceeding. Ultimately, 95 percent of such court cases end with a settlement anyway! Mediators discuss the benefits of mediation for many families. Read All News
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  • June 18 – Boston, MA – Zealous Advocacy for the Unmarried Parent
  • June 18-28 – San Marcos, TX – CTDRC 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 18-19 – New York, NY – ACR-GNY Annual Meeting
  • June 19-21 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Summer Professional Skills Program
  • June 20 – Toronto, CAN – ADR Panels on Mediation and Arbitration
  • June 20-21 – San Francisco, CA – Two Advanced ADR Trainings at Community Boards
  • June 20-23 – Portland, OR – Basic 40-hour Mediation Training
  • June 21-29 – San Francisco, CA – Ron’s Mediation Training at BASF
  • June 23-27 – Colorado Springs, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • June 25-27 – San Francisco & Palo Alto, CA – Online Dispute Resolution Forum ODR 2014
  • June 26-27 – Greenbelt, MD – 2014 Annual Conference – Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision-making
  • July 1-4 – Madrid, ESP – World Mediation Summit
  • July 10-16 – Philadelphia, PA – Divorce and Custody Mediator Training
  • July 19-20 – Seattle, WA – APFM Advanced Training: Power Imbalance in Family Mediation
  • July 21-25 – Denver, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • July 29-August 1 – Newton, MA – Elder Decisions’ Elder /Adult Family Mediation Training
  • August 4-9 – Malibu, CA – Mediating the Litigated Case 6 Day Program
  • August 4-6 – Dallas, TX – Family Mediation with Dr. Nancy Ferrell
  • August 11-13 – Chicago, IL – 2.5 Day Training in Elder Mediation
  • August 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA – 30 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • August 18-22 – Chicago, IL – Divorce and Custody Mediation Training
  • September 4-6 – Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IRE – International Mediation Conference

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Viernes, 13 de Junio de 2014

The Mediate.com Weekly

June 10, 2014 #533 - Membership information

In This Issue:

Collaborative Scotland • “Conflict - The Unexpected Gift” Book Review • El Arte de la Negociación - en Español  • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Collaborative Scotland

John Sturrock

Scotland is having a referendum on its constitutional future. As I write this, it is only a few months until we vote. Whatever the outcome in September’s referendum about independence for Scotland, we will all need to work hard to ensure that we can live well together after the referendum.

Mediate.com Pioneer Series:

  • Narrow v. Broad Problem Definition - Video

    Leonard Riskin

    Professor Riskin explains narrow and broad problem definitions by a giving an example of settling a case where there was a breech of a business contract. A narrow problem definition sees a legal process whereas a broad problem definition allows more room for thinking about other causes of the conflict.

  • Evaluative Approach - Video

    Zena Zumeta

    Zena explains the difficulties she sees with using an evaluative approach. However, she sees how it can be useful in a dispute where there is a power imbalance.

  • Asking Questions Instead of Giving Opinions - Video

    Michael Lewis

    Michael Lewis talks about argument prevention by asking questions instead of giving opinions within a discussion.

APFM Advanced Training - July 19-20 in Seattle

Join the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) for an advanced training in Seattle: Power Imbalance in Family Mediation, including presentations by Hilary Linton, Claudette Reimer and Bill Eddy. Learn from APFM experts on how to identify and manage power imbalance in family mediation. Full information and registration are here.

“Conflict - The Unexpected Gift” Book Review

Jack Hamilton, Elisabeth Seaman

Conflict is a common aspect of life that is extremely difficult to avoid because each person is different from others and arrives at his or her own conclusions about the behavior of others and the events in a situation. Although conflicts may seem unavoidable, one can actually learn how to work through them and come out with a better relationship in the end. The book “Conflict—The Unexpected Gift: Making the Most of Disputes in Life and Work ”presents a highly detailed and comprehensive approach to resolving interpersonal conflicts.

El Arte de la Negociación - en Español

Julian Ernesto Sccasso Losa

La aplicabilidad de la negociación en la formación militar permitirá preparar al hombre de armas en los distintos mecanismos y habilidades para lograr resultados exitosos antes de llegar al conflicto. En ese sentido estoy haciendo esfuerzos para concientizar sobre la necesidad de formar al personal militar en el conocimiento y dominio de esta disciplina. Entre las actividades que he realizado al respecto está la publicación de algunos artículos en revistas especializadas (militares) que hacen referencia a la aplicación del los MARC en la actividad castrense.

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  • Conflict Mediation Through Sport

    This week, the world’s attention will refocus from domestic issues to the international stage of the World Cup in Brazil. While domestic Israeli politics never has a dull moment, today we bring you a story about the Italian football superclub “FC Inter Milan” and the social work they recently completed in Israel/Palestine. The initiative is called “Inter Campus”. On the website they write: “Since 1997, Inter Campus has implemented a flexible and long-term social and cooperation programme in 25 foreign countries, assisted by 200 local instructors. The aim of the programme is to use the game of football as an educational tool to restore the right to play to 10,000 needy children.” The program in Israel/Palestine brought together Israeli Jews, Palestinians, and African Refugees to compete, train, and play together.

  • Israel Stops Wealthy Palestinian Mediator Masri From Gaza Entry

    Israeli border guards barred Munib R. Masri, one of the wealthiest Palestinians, from entering the Gaza Strip after he helped broker the unity agreement aimed at healing the Palestinian Authority’s rift with Hamas. Masri, chairman of Palestine Development & Investment Co., said he was blocked from entering Gaza by military order after waiting more than two hours at an Israeli crossing point. A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration, which runs the heavily guarded facility, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by phone, e-mail and text message. “It’s the first time this happened to me,” said Masri, 80, who said he has been shuttling between Gaza and the West Bank for seven years, trying to bridge the hostile conflict between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas leaders who rule Gaza.

  • Churches launch protester, APD mediation efforts

    There’s a new plan to help keep the peace amidst the controversy over Albuquerque Police Department shootings and it involves local churches. The church leaders behind the movement say they’re worried the protests are getting out of control and now they’re hoping to bridge the gap between police and the community.

  • Seasoned Minnesota mediator finds joy in finding the common ground

    On the surface, the PolyMet mining hearings that took place over the winter in northern Minnesota and St. Paul presented a clash of immovable ideas — the revitalization of a dormant mill promising a generations of good jobs versus the possibility of hundreds of years of water pollution. But digging below, one could find a myriad of subtleties — gray areas on which both sides could agree, or disagree. The challenge for the moment was not to find a resolution that either would advance or doom the project, it was finding a way for all the voices to be heard.

  • In South Sudan Conflict, China Tests Its Mediation Skills

    Driven by commercial interests, China is taking the unusual step of mediating between rival South Sudanese factions. As mediators try yet again to jumpstart stalled peace talks between warring factions in South Sudan, the world will get to see China playing an unfamiliar role: that of lead mediator in another country’s internal conflict. Usually, China’s insistence on non-interference in others’ affairs prevents it from taking such steps, but China’s unique interests in South Sudan have called for a different tactic

  • Mediation suggested for Carlile in park incident

    Leisa Carlile, a former candidate in the Republican primary for county executive, was in a Putnam County courtroom yesterday to face charges of disorderly conduct after the Cookeville Police Department responded to a fight involving juveniles in Dogwood Park. She pled not guilty and will be in court again on July 3, according to attorney Shawn Fry. He said Judge John Hudson suggested mediation. “She’s agreeable to going to mediation,” Fry said. However, everyone has to be agreeable to mediation. A judge can suggest mediation, but the judge cannot require parties to enter into mediation. Carlile was the only adult charged in the incident. There was a video of part of the incident, which Carlile had allegedly posted to Facebook and had sparked a number of comments on social media.

  • Bob Buckley: Arbitration favors the deep pockets, not you

    A number of years ago, large corporations discovered that there was a legal way of depriving consumers and employees of their constitutional right to a trial by jury. It is called “alternative dispute resolution,” which is just another way of stating that the little guy is not getting a full measure of justice. How many times do you sign an agreement that provides for arbitration in the event there is a dispute? Many consumer agreements today regarding phone service, cable television service, car sales, or even your employment agreement have arbitration provisions to which you have “agreed.” It’s not like you have any negotiating power, because if every service provider dictates it there is no option.

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  • June 11-17 – San Francisco, CA – “Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation” 40-hour Training at Hastings Law, Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR)
  • June 12 – Riverside, CA – CLE “Negotiations with Difficult People and How to Get Past Impasse in Mediation”
  • June 13-14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia – 2nd International Congress on Transformative Mediation
  • June 13 – San Rafael, CA – Working with the Difficult to be Disturbed  Reading, Understanding and Managing Emotional and Behavior Cues
  • June 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Interested in Becoming a Mediator? 2 hr. seminar
  • June 14-22 – Santa Fe, NM – 32 hour Divorce Mediation Training
  • June 15-27 – Corvallis, OR – Natural Resources Leadership Academy
  • June 16-19 – Dallas, TX – Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)
  • June 18-28 – San Marcos, TX – CTDRC 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 18-19 – New York, NY – ACR-GNY Annual Meeting
  • June 19-21 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Summer Professional Skills Program
  • June 20 – Toronto, CAN – ADR Panels on Mediation and Arbitration
  • June 20-21 – San Francisco, CA – Two Advanced ADR Trainings at Community Boards
  • June 20-23 – Portland, OR – Basic 40-hour Mediation Training
  • June 21-29 – San Francisco, CA – Ron’s Mediation Training at BASF
  • June 23-27 – Colorado Springs, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • June 25-27 – San Francisco & Palo Alto, CA – Online Dispute Resolution Forum ODR 2014
  • June 26-27 – Greenbelt, MD – 2014 Annual Conference – Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision-making
  • July 1-4 – Madrid, ESP – World Mediation Summit
  • July 10-16 – Philadelphia, PA – Divorce and Custody Mediator Training
  • July 21-25 – Denver, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • July 29-August 1 – Newton, MA – Elder Decisions’ Elder /Adult Family Mediation Training
  • August 4-9 – Malibu, CA – Mediating the Litigated Case 6 Day Program
  • August 4-6 – Dallas, TX – Family Mediation with Dr. Nancy Ferrell

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In This Issue:

A User’s Guide to Joint Fact Finding — “JFF” • The Paradox of Creativity with Compassion in Mediation  • Roles of Religious Culture in Peaceful Settlements • Workplace Violence - Part 2 • 5 Steps for Resolving Conflict Within Your Marriage • Today’s Mediation News • International Mediation Developments - May 2014• Legal Mediation News - May 2014 • Update on Home Foreclosure Mediation • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs A User’s Guide to Joint Fact Finding — “JFF”
Peter Adler
Joint Fact Finding (JFF) is a public engagement strategy that creates a needed safe harbor for technical and scientific discussions between all sides. International Mediation Developments - May 2014
Keith Seat
This is another in a series of articles on international mediation developments by long-time Mediate.com News Editor, Keith Seat. The Paradox of Creativity with Compassion in Mediation
Evan Ash
Turn the other cheek, give more than is required, respond to the need of another person, all these when you may be faced with pain and loss. Do crazy things like love your enemy, pray for them? The great mystery is the power that comes from the paradoxes of life. Roles of Religious Culture in Peaceful Settlements
Larry Gaughan
The area that is now occupied by the United States has always been a place of multiculturalism and religious diversity. This was the case many generations before the arrival of the first undocumented immigrants coming from Spain, England, the Netherlands, and France. Those immigrants had long been preceded by hundreds of different native tribes of somewhat diverse ethnicity, often with different languages and religious practices. Legal Mediation News - May 2014
Keith Seat
This is another in a series of updates on legal mediation news in the United States by long-time Mediate.com News Editor, Keith Seat. UC Hastings CNDR Offers “Mastering Fundamentals of Mediation” Training in San Francisco June 11-17
The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) at UC Hastings College of the Law is pleased to offer our 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training: Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation (40 MCLE credits, incl. 1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias & 2 hrs Legal Ethics). This comprehensive mediation training provides a unique blend of mediation theory, hands-on mediation skills training, and an exploration of the sensibilities and personal qualities required to be an effective mediator.  We welcome those with no previous mediation training or experience, as well as experienced mediators who wish to enhance their effectiveness.
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Ken Johnson
From 9/11/2001 to 9/11/2013, approximately the same number of Americans died in the workplace due to violence as did American soldiers overseas fighting terrorists. Bullying, stress, domestic disputes, and other considerations account for this. Some researchers have suggested a new mental condition, similar to PSTD, called PTED, which workers may exhibit. Out of control catabolic (harmful) conflict poses a serious problem for both businesses and workers. This two-part series looks into this issue and suggests how ADR practitioners can work to better help businesses make the workplace safer and more productive. Mediate.com Premier Package
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Keith Seat
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  • Court Rules We Should Have A Say In What Comes Up When We’re Googled
    In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe’s highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled. The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing information about them. The ruling applies to EU citizens and all search engines in Europe, including Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing. It remains to be seen whether it will change the way Google and its rivals operate in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Nor is it clear exactly how the court envisions Google and others handling complaints, which could prove to be a logistical headache if large numbers of people start demanding that information about themselves be removed.
  • EU ministers launch European Institute for Peace
    EU foreign affairs ministers launched a new institution on Monday called European Institute for Peace, an initiative that aims to contribute to the global peace agenda of Europe. 9 European countries have committed to fund the first 3 years of the Institute’s life. According to the members, recent developments in Ukraine have shown the need for Europe to do more to build peace. ‘The European Institute of Peace has the main objective to complement the global peace agenda of Europe and of the EU through operational mediation and informal dialogue with state and non state actors.’ said Executive Director of EIP Staffan De Mistura.
  • Mediator hired by General Motors starts talks to settle ignition switch lawsuits
    A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars. Kenneth Feinberg confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press that he met for four hours Friday with Robert Hilliard, a Corpus Christi, Texas, lawyer who said he represents families of 53 people killed and 273 injured in crashes of defective GM vehicles. Feinberg would not comment specifically on what was discussed. “I’m evaluating various compensation options for GM to consider,” said Feinberg, who said he plans to present the options to GM in the next few weeks.
  • Peacemaker Killed - Spanish Town Activist, Mediator Shot To Death
    Less than a week after articulating his vision for empowering residents of Spanish Town through unity, peace facilitator at the St Catherine capital’s Peace and Justice Centre, Mohan Bunwarrie, has been gunned down. According to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Bunwarrie, who was also a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, was shot and killed about 7:30 Saturday night while having a drink at a bar across from his house in Dempshire Pen, Spanish Town. It was a place where he was a regular domino player. The death of the 45-year-old trained mediator and restorative justice facilitator has been described as a loss for the entire parish of St Catherine.
  • Plaintiff in Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit protests settlement,…
    Nearly three weeks after Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed to settle out of court a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements, the case’s class representative is requesting the $324 million settlement be rejected as “unfair and unjust.”  In a letter sent to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh on Sunday, Michael Devine protested the pending settlement agreed to by plaintiffs’ lawyers, saying the proposed $324 million settlement is “grossly inadequate.” Devine is one of four plaintiffs named in the suit and serves as class representative in the case.
  • What is ‘conscious uncoupling’?
    When megastars Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their breakup, they brought the term “conscious uncoupling” to our collective attention. While at first glance conscious uncoupling may seem nothing more than actor-speak for divorce, it merits closer inspection.  Here are strategies for moving gracefully out of a relationship without acrimony and hardship.
  • Mediation between Denver Comic Con and co-founder Charlie La Greca concludes
    Mediation between Comic Book Classroom (CBC), the nonprofit parent of the popular Denver Comic Con, and DCC co-founder Charlie La Greca concluded Thursday, but details of the reached agreement are under wraps. A joint statement on the outcome of the mediation reads as follows. “Comic Book Classroom (CBC) and Charlie La Greca are pleased to announce we have successfully completed our mediation. Together we discussed the challenges in growing a successful nonprofit and have come to an agreement about how to move the organization forward with the vision of the original founders, including Charlie La Greca. Both parties are satisfied and have mutually agreed to keep the mediation details confidential, but rest assured that CBC reaffirms its commitment to supporting artists, to the power of comic books in engaging students in the classroom, and bringing Denver the world-class comic convention it deserves.”

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  • May 15-19 – Wimberley, TX – Mediate Your Life “Resolving Internal Conflicts”
  • May 15-18 – Lakewood, CO – 40-hr Basic Christian Mediation Training
  • May 16-17 – Los Angeles, CA – Mediating the Non-Litigated Dispute with Doug Noll
  • May 28 – Online/Walnut Creek, CA – Psychoanalytic Approach to Mediation
  • May 28-31 – Toronto, CAN – AFCC 51st Annual Conference
  • May 29-30 – Alicante, Spain – International Property Mediation Conference
  • May 31 – July 26 – Los Angeles, CA – 40-hour Family & Divorce Mediation Training
  • June 2-September 1 – Online – Mediation with Heart: 40-hour Web-based Training for Change Agents
  • June 2-6 – Macon, GA – Domestic & Family Mediation Training
  • June 3 – Medford, OR – Negotiation & Conflict Coaching Training
  • June 4-10 – Salt Lake City, UT – 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 4-10 – Bloomington, MN – 40-hour Family Mediation Skills and Bridge Course
  • June 4-27 – Lansing, MI – Domestic Mediation Training + Domestic Violence Screening Training
  • June 4-10 – Bloomington, MN – 40-hour Family Mediation Skills and Bridge Course
  • June 5 – Portland, OR – Negotiation and Conflict Coaching: Preparing Yourself and Others
  • June 6 – San Francisco, CA – 4th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards
  • June 6-7 – Los Angeles, CA – Resolving Conflicts at Work with Ken Cloke
  • June 6-7 – Neuchatel, Switzerland – Swiss Symposium on Mediation and Business
  • June 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Grow Your Mediation Practice Now with Lee Jay Berman
  • June 11-12 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Advanced Training on Transformative Mediation with Joseph Folger
  • June 11-17 – San Francisco, CA – “Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation” 40-hour Training at Hastings Law, Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR)
  • June 13-14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia – 2nd International Congress on Transformative Mediation
  • June 13 – San Rafael, CA – Working with the Difficult to be Disturbed  Reading, Understanding and Managing Emotional and Behavior Cues
  • June 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Interested in Becoming a Mediator? 2 hr. seminar
  • June 14-22 – Santa Fe, NM – 32 hour Divorce Mediation Training
  • June 15-27 – Corvallis, OR – Natural Resources Leadership Academy
  • June 16-19 – Dallas, TX – Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)
  • June 18-28 – San Marcos, TX – CTDRC 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 19 – New York, NY – ACR-GNY Annual Meeting
  • June 19-21 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Summer Professional Skills Program
  • June 20-21 – San Francisco, CA – Two Advanced ADR Trainings at Community Boards
  • June 20-23 – Portland, OR – Basic 40-hour Mediation Training
  • June 21-29 – San Francisco, CA – Ron’s Mediation Training at BASF
  • June 23-27 – Colorado Springs, CO – Basic Mediation Training 40 hrs.
  • June 25-27 – San Francisco & Palo Alto, CA – Online Dispute Resolution Forum ODR2014
  • June 26-27 – Greenbelt, MD – 2014 Annual Conference – Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision-making

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In This Issue:

The Limelight Hypothesis, Part 2 • State of Maine 2014 Report on Foreclosure Mediation Program  • Workplace Violence • Mediated Prenuptial Agreements Benefit Couples and Mediators • Parlamento Europeo - en Español • Today’s Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

The Limelight Hypothesis, Part 2

Peter Adler, David Matz, Doug Thompson

Being an essay of opinions and observations on sundry issues related to the practice of negotiation; politics and electioneering; dickering over debt in the nation’s capital; Otto von Bismarck’s admonition about watching laws and sausages being made; a budding theory on the effect of constant attention-mongering from MSNBC, FOX News, and other bloggers, pundits, and blabbermouths; the creation of statutes, ordinances, rules, policies, regulations, and standards; and the making of hot dogs, chorizos, kielbasas, and bratwursts.  Read Part 1: here

State of Maine 2014 Report on Foreclosure Mediation Program

Laura Pearlman

In 2009 the Maine Legislature established the Foreclosure Diversion Program (“FDP”) in the Maine Judicial Branch. It affords a valuable opportunity for homeowners and lenders to consider mutually beneficial alternatives to foreclosure. The FDP continues to see a high level of activity. In 2013, the FDP conducted 2,518 mediation sessions in 1,697 foreclosure cases. A total of 4,756 foreclosure cases were filed in Maine in 2013, an increase from the 4,339 cases filed in 2012.

Workplace Violence

Ken Johnson

From 9/11/2001 to 9/11/2013, approximately the same amount of Americans died in the workplace due to violence as did American soldiers overseas fighting terrorists. Bullying, stress, domestic disputes, and other considerations account for this. Some researchers have suggested a new mental condition, similar to PSTD, called PTED which workers may exhibit. Out of control catabolic (harmful) conflict poses a serious problem for both businesses and workers. This two-part series looks into this issue and suggests how ADR practitioners can work with other various professionals to better help businesses make the workplace safer and more productive.

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Mediated Prenuptial Agreements Benefit Couples and Mediators

Michael Toebe

The romance might be lacking in the thought and decision making but there might be relational wisdom in pursuing mediated prenuptial agreements and valuable marketing awareness as a byproduct for mediators. Couples often spend significant time planning a wedding, buying a house and cars, financial planning and how to best raise children, so a question that begs asking is why don’t most marrying partners plan for better outcomes in the event a marriage eventually dissolves?

Parlamento Europeo - en Español

Andres Vazquez

La mediación civil y mercantil todavía se utiliza en menos del 1% de los casos en la Unión Europea.

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  • Singapore: Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking to extend mediation services to more workers

    The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking to extend mediation services to more workers, regardless of job profile and salary. The Tripartite Mediation Framework helps professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) settle disputes and grievances over salaries and contracts with their employers. Today, it is only available to managers and executives who earn up to S$4,500. However, there are plans to scrap this salary cap and include rank-and-file workers at the same time, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin at a labour movement event. The type of disputes the mediation framework can address could also be widened, for instance, to cover re-employment. Together with the recently announced proposal for a small claims employment tribunal, the expanded mediation framework, when ready, is expected to give workers access to more avenues of recourse when disputes arise.

  • Mediator hired by General Motors starts talks to settle ignition switch lawsuits

    Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who managed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been hired by General Motors to settle claims from a deadly ignition switch problem and has started talks about compensating victims’ families.  Kenneth Feinberg confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press that he met for four hours Friday with Robert Hilliard, a Corpus Christi, Texas, lawyer who said he represents families of 53 people killed and 273 injured in crashes of defective GM vehicles. Feinberg would not comment specifically on what was discussed. “I’m evaluating various compensation options for GM to consider,” said Feinberg, who said plans to present the options to GM in the next few weeks. “I’m glad I met with him. It was an interesting meeting,” Feinberg said.

  • Meditation, Mediation, Marketing and Medication

    Last year, I attended a workshop on stress management for lawyers. At the session, the presenter relayed the following anecdote.

    She had recently resigned from the partnership of a large firm in order to pursue her interest in helping lawyers manage stress. But prior to leaving her firm, she had put together a meditation series for lawyers. Shortly before the first session was set to start, she received a phone call from one of her colleagues. He wanted to know where the mediation series was taking place. It was humorous that a lawyer would confuse meditation with mediation. After all, mediation is about resolving conflict. Meditation is about inward focus. As I pondered the two, however, I began to see a relationship.

  • Mediation Perspectives: Fighting ‘Feminist Fatigue’

    Despite decades of advocacy, why are women still so poorly represented at the peace table? In 2012, UN Women reported that women accounted for just four per cent of participants in 31 major peace processes between 1992 and 2011. Why is this number so low despite international mechanisms like United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women? A partial answer to this question may be found in the shortcomings of certain approaches to promoting women’s rights. In particular, the effectiveness of some strands of academic and policy literature on women, peace and security (WPS), and related advocacy campaigns that push for greater representation and participation of women at the peace table, can be questioned.

  • When Mediation Makes Sense: A Win for Employers and Employees

    A recent article in the New York Times discussed a new law giving unpaid interns in New York the right to sue if they are harassed or discriminated against by an employer. The legislation takes effect in June, a time of year when interns flood New York City seeking opportunities for experience and hopefully paid employment down the road. The article was of particular interest to me, as I had just successfully mediated a matter where discrimination claims against a well-known clothing designer had been brought by 16 former employees. While the employees were not interns, they had brought unpaid wage and racial discrimination claims against their former employer.

  • China to Encourage Third-party Mediation in Doctor-patient Disputes

    A senior official Monday said that the Chinese government will encourage third-party mediation in doctor-patient disputes. Community workers and social workers can play a better role in mediating between patients and hospitals, said Vice Premier Liu Yandong at a meeting on doctor-patient disputes. There have been many attempts to bring in an independent third party to help settle medical disputes and successful examples will be introduced nationwide, Liu said. Tension between doctors and patients have risen in recent years as a string of assaults on medical workers by patients or their families shocked the country.

  • Arapaho promote mediation in Wind River Reservation border dispute

    A group of leaders from a Michigan town that successfully mediated a reservation boundary dispute is coming to Riverton, Wyoming, this week to share their story. The former mayor and tribal leaders from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, will be on hand for a symposium today at the Intertribal Building at Central Wyoming College. From 9 a.m. to noon, a panel discussion hosted by journalist Geoff O’Gara will discuss how the town of Mt. Pleasant and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe drafted agreements to resolve long-standing jurisdiction problems. The group is coming to town at the request of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in hopes that their experience might provide a positive example for how to resolve an ongoing boundary dispute at the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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ODR 2014 Comes to SF Bay Area June 25-27

Join the online dispute resolution (ODR) community at Hastings and Stanford Law Schools June 25-27 for the 13th Global ODR Forum. ODR2014 brings together the technology and dispute resolution communities, legal practitioners, mediators & arbitrators, academic researchers, financial institutions, ecommerce and social media companies, members of judiciaries and social justice advocates. Full information is at www.ODR2014.org.

Training & Conference Calendar

  • May 9-11 – Petaluma, CA – Spring Forgiveness Retreat
  • May 9-18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Weekend Basic Mediation Training
  • May 12 – San Antonio, TX – AFCC 11th Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
  • May 12-14 – Arlington, VA – CINERGY Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • May 13 – Mooresville, NC- What Business Owners Need to Know About ADR
  • May 13-15 – Boulder, CO – Facilitation and Mediation of Public and Environmental Conflicts
  • May 15-19 – Wimberley, TX – Mediate Your Life “Resolving Internal Conflicts”
  • May 15-18 – Lakewood, CO – 40-hr Basic Christian Mediation Training
  • May 16-17 – Los Angeles, CA – Mediating the Non-Litigated Dispute with Doug Noll
  • May 28 – Online/Walnut Creek, CA – Psychoanalytic Approach to Mediation
  • May 28-31 – Toronto, CAN – AFCC 51st Annual Conference
  • May 29-30 – Alicante, Spain – International Property Mediation Conference
  • May 31 – July 26 – Los Angeles, CA – 40-hour Family & Divorce Mediation Training
  • June 2-6 – Macon, GA – Domestic & Family Mediation Training
  • June 4-10 – Salt Lake City, UT – 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 4-27 – Lansing, MI – Domestic Mediation Training + Domestic Violence Screening Training
  • June 4-10 – Bloomington, MN – 40-hour Family Mediation Skills and Bridge Course
  • June 6 – San Francisco, CA – 4th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards
  • June 6-7 – Los Angeles, CA – Resolving Conflicts at Work with Ken Cloke
  • June 6-7 – Neuchatel, Switzerland – Swiss Symposium on Mediation and Business
  • June 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Grow Your Mediation Practice Now with Lee Jay Berman
  • June 11-12 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Advanced Training on Transformative Mediation with Joseph Folger
  • June 13-14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia – 2nd International Congress on Transformative Mediation
  • June 13 – San Rafael, CA – Working with the Difficult to be Disturbed  Reading, Understanding and Managing Emotional and Behavior Cues
  • June 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Interested in Becoming a Mediator? 2 hr. seminar
  • June 14-22 – Santa Fe, NM – 32 hour Divorce Mediation Training
  • June 15-27 – Corvallis, OR – Natural Resources Leadership Academy
  • June 16-19 – Dallas, TX – Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)
  • June 19 – New York, NY – ACR-GNY Annual Meeting
  • June 19-21 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Summer Professional Skills Program

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Lunes, 5 de Mayo de 2014
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3de1a9bTranscurridos cinco años y medio desde su adopción, la Directiva del Parlamento Europeo y del

Consejo, de 21 de mayo de 2008 sobre ciertos aspectos de la mediación en asuntos civiles y mercantiles (2008/52/CE) tiene una paradoja sin resolver: a pesar de sus probados y múltiples beneficios la mediación en asuntos civiles y comerciales todavía se utiliza en menos del 1% de los casos en la UE.

‘Rebooting’ the mediation directive, 2014 European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. Este estudio, que solicitó las opiniones de hasta 816 expertos de toda Europa, muestra claramente que ese desalentador resultado resulta de la débil aplicación de políticas de apoyo a la mediación, ya sean legislativas o de promoción, en la casi totalidad de los 28 Estados miembros.

Estas son sus conclusiones finales:

“El análisis del marco regulatorio de la mediación en los 28 Estados miembros revela variaciones significativas en la aplicación de la Directiva sobre la mediación. Por ejemplo, varios estados han optado por aplicar la Directiva únicamente para los litigios transfronterizos, mientras que otros han aplicado las disposiciones de la Directiva, en diverso grado, a las disputas domésticas también, con lo que la institución presenta un régimen regulador dual.

Una variedad de enfoques de implementación han representado los esfuerzos de los países para lograr el delicado equilibrio, que persigue la Directiva, entre el uso de la mediación y el recurso al litigio. Mientras que el artículo 5 de la Directiva permite a los Estados miembros introducir elementos de mediación obligatorias, incluidas las sanciones, la tradición de un enfoque voluntario de la mediación ha prevalecido en gran parte en el ámbito legislativo en la UE. Pero los países que han incorporado elementos obligatorios han pasado sobre él en diferentes maneras. Sólo un país, Italia, ha ordenado la participación en la mediación como requisito previo al litigio en un rango bastante ampliamente definido de controversias; otro país, el Reino Unido, lo ha probado para las disputas por debajo de un cierto valor monetario, pero luego lo retiró; Francia está probando la mediación obligatoria en determinadas áreas temáticas, y una serie de países que establecen como obligatoria la asistencia a las reuniones informativas acerca de la mediación. Otros países han establecido incentivos financieros, en lugar de mandatos, para fomentar la participación en mediación.

Un área de consistencia significativa y decepcionante, sin embargo, es la información sobre el uso de la mediación en los Estados miembros. La encuesta del estudio confirma que el número de mediaciones, en promedio, es inferior al 1% de todos los casos de litigio en la UE. Este resultado es especialmente decepcionante, porque la encuesta también confirma los datos contenidos en el estudio sobre  ”Los costes de la no-ADR ‘ de 2011. Como se ve a partir de ese y otros estudios, la mediación puede ahorrar a los litigantes una cantidad significativa tanto en el tiempo como en el costo, en comparación con el tiempo y el costo del litigio.

Casi la totalidad de los 816 expertos de toda Europa que respondieron al cuestionario del estudio creen que tendrían que estarse produciendo más mediaciones. El estudio analiza la evaluación de ciertas características clave de la eficacia de las respectivas leyes en el fomento de la utilización de la mediación. Para obtener sus evaluaciones, el estudio pedía a cada encuestado que clasificara el grado en que la regulación de la mediación en su país promueve la mediación. Cada encuestado eligió una de tres opciones en un espectro que va desde menos a gran alcance, para la promoción más potente. Muchas de las respuestas revelaron que los enfoques legislativos existentes no tienden a promover el uso de la mediación.

El nivel de protección de la confidencialidad no afecta de manera significativa el número de mediaciones. De hecho, la mayoría de los encuestados indicó que la confidencialidad está garantizada, con pocas excepciones, o en todos los casos, incluso en países en los que hay menos de 500 mediaciones anualmente. Invitaciones a la mediación desde los tribunales también han generado normalmente muy pocas mediaciones aun cuando los jueces se considera que tienen un enfoque muy proactivo hacia la mediación. Incluso cuando el proceso interno para hacer cumplir acuerdos mediados es considerado relativamente fácil, disipando la preocupación de que los litigantes podrían no participar en una mediación por temor a que la aplicación de su resultado pudiera ser demasiado engorroso, el número de mediaciones es baja.

Los sistemas de acreditación  de los mediadores nacionales, tampoco, parecen ser un factor determinante en la conducción de las partes a mediación con la confianza necesaria, ya que los sistemas se consideran generalmente buenos y suficientes. Aún cuando las normas de acreditación se consideran de alta valoración hay pocas mediaciones.

Un número de países que ofrecen mayores incentivos para las personas que elijan la mediación no sucede que muchos litigantes recurran a este procedimiento alternativo; esto sugiere que, aun suponiendo que incentivos importantes se pudieran proporcionar en éstos tiempos económicos difíciles, no debe esperarse un aumento significativo en las mediaciones basada en la aplicación de estos incentivos por sí solos.

La mediación en línea todavía se divulga por ser casi inexistente en la mayoría de los Estados miembros, pero incluso su disponibilidad, en algunos países, no muestra ninguna conexión con un uso frecuente de la mediación.

En los Estados miembros donde los abogados están obligados por ley a informar a sus clientes acerca de la mediación, el número de mediaciones no es muy alta por esa sola razón, y lo mismo es cierto en general donde se requiere a los litigantes para asistir a una sesión informativa obligatoria de mediación antes de presentar una demanda.

En resumen, todas estas características normativas, identificadas en el estudio como la posible causa de la falta de desarrollo de la mediación en la UE, no parece que resulten ser factores decisivos en favor del uso de la mediación, incluso en los que se implementan para su mayor aplicación. Por el contrario, existen pruebas de que para producirse un aumento significativo en el uso de la mediación es necesario la introducción de instrumentos para una  ”mediación obligatoria “en los sistemas jurídicos de los Estados miembros.

Es muy significativo que en el único país de la UE con más de 200.000 mediaciones por año, Italia, sólo vimos este aumento (de tal vez unos pocos miles al año) cuando la mediación se convirtió en un condición previa al juicio, en determinados tipos de casos. Esta conexión directa es además, confirmada por lo que ocurrió durante el período de tiempo cuando la mediación dejó de ser obligatoria allí (octubre 2012-septiembre 2013): el número de mediaciones, tanto obligatorias  como voluntarias, cayó de nuevo a un número muy modesto. Sólo se levantaron de nuevo, a decenas de miles al mes, cuando se reintrodujo el requisito obligatorio.

Por encima y más allá de la experiencia italiana, gran cantidad de las respuestas del estudio muestran que los elementos obligatorios en la mediación -algo que en el pasado reciente fue por muchos considerado como un “tabú”- ahora son aceptables para la mayoría de la gente.

En la definición de la medida en que los elementos obligatorios deberán ser introducidos, la preferencia de la mayoría de los encuestados parece ser la de exigir a los litigantes probar el intento de la mediación antes de presentar una demanda, aunque en determinados tipos de casos solamente. En una inspección más detallada de los datos, sin embargo, el estudio muestra que una modalidad más “mitigada” de la mediación obligatoria podría ser más apropiada. En particular, dos formas mitigadas de mediación obligatoria -a saber, la asistencia obligatoria a la sesión informativa y la mediación obligatoria con la posibilidad de darse de baja si los litigantes no tienen intención de continuar con el proceso- registran una preferencia mayor cuando se evalúan en combinación.

La razón para la evaluación de las calificaciones de estas dos medidas es de forma conjunta que ambos se centran en la idea de obligar a los litigantes a, por lo menos, sentase juntos a considerar la mediación en serio. Además, quienes se oponían a la idea general de introducir elementos obligatorios en la mediación, eran menos resistentes a sus formas mitigadas.

En cuanto a la elección entre los dos enfoques mitigados, los datos sugieren claramente que la mediación obligatoria, con opción de exclusión, es la preferida. De hecho, los países en los que la otra fue adoptada, no tienen un número significativo de mediaciones y, en consecuencia, sus expertos nacionales abogan por medidas más fuertes.

Por último, y quizás lo más importante, el modelo de mediación obligatoria se ha demostrado generador de resultados positivos, como lo demuestra la alta incidencia de las mediaciones en Italia, donde así se regula por ley.

Sobre la base de los datos y el análisis anterior, el estudio concluye que, a nivel legislativo, hay dos posibles cursos de acción. En primer lugar, los legisladores de la UE deberían considerar la posibilidad de optar por la implantación de  la mediación obligatoria en ciertas categorías de casos. En segundo lugar, la UE debería establecer la teoría de “número de relación equilibrada”. Bajo este enfoque, que no requiere un cambio en la legislación, los Estados miembros, utilizando cualquier política a favor de la mediación de su elección, tendrá que determinar un número objetivo claro, lo que representa un porcentaje mínimo de las mediaciones que se realizan todos los años. A la luz de las políticas que han demostrado generar mediaciones en la UE, es probable que todos los miembros de los Estados miembros coincidirán de forma natural en la elección de otras similares.

Por último, el estudio muestra que existe un apoyo entusiasta por establecer una serie bien definida de medidas  no legislativas destinadas a promover la mediación que deben contar con el apoyo inmediato de la UE y los Estados miembros. Todas estas medidas se centran en el aumento de la información sobre la mediación, que conducirían a los litigantes en la práctica a experimentar con la mediación. El probable impacto en el uso de mediación real resultante de la aplicación de estas medidas no puede, sin embargo, estimarse con precisión.

En general, las respuestas del estudio transmiten el mensaje de que la forma más efectiva de poner la mediación en el mapa de los litigantes de la UE pasa por establecer una regulación normativa que vaya más allá de la simple invitación a los litigantes civiles y comerciales para reunirse con un mediador primero.”

+Info: ‘Rebooting’ the Mediation Directive: Assessing the Limited Impact of its Implementation and Proposing Measures to Increase the Number of Mediations in the EU

Andrés Vázquez López

Es Mediador. Máster en Mediación, Especialista universitario en Mediación   Civil y Mercantil, en Mediación Familiar y en Mediación Intercultural e Inmigración. Experto en e-Mediación y ODR.

Cursó estudios de Derecho en las Universidades de Santiago de Compostela (USC) y Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, y estudios de postgrado en esta última universidad.

Su actividad profesional y como emprendedor ha estado vinculada a empresas del sector de las TIC, en la década de los 90, y como Asesor independiente en Comunicación Corporativa Digital y Social Media más recientemente.

Como experto en mediación electrónica y ODR he participado en conferencias internacionales y proyectos para implementar plataformas virtuales de mediación para la resolución de conflictos en línea y en programas universitarios de formación de mediadores en e-mediación.

Es miembro de la Asociación Europea de Mediadores (AEM), de la Asociación Madrileña de Mediadores (AMM), de Bitar-Bask Asociación Vasca de Mediación, y de ODR Latinoamérica. Del equipo de mediadores de Mediation International.

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