Mediation is a dispute resolution process where individuals engage the services of a third-party neutral (the mediator) to facilitate their discussions. While it is often used in conflict situations, mediation skills can also be used proactively to promote discussion and collaborative decision-making. This program will introduce participants to mediation theory and skills and will examine the impact of culture and context on the mediation approach adopted. Students will study conflict resolution and negotiation processes through multinational examples and perspectives and will examine challenges in designing and delivering dispute resolution initiatives in the dynamic context of emerging democracies, as well as mature, but adversarial, legal cultures. As the use of mediation grows around the world and as dangerous conflicts continue to proliferate, the relevance of this program, which addresses the development of collaborative dispute resolution processes, becomes more and more heightened.
The course challenges students to link theory to practice. Specifically, participants seeking to be enrolled will be asked to identify a civic issue or problem in their neighborhood, city, region, or country which they wish to work on in terms of examining how the course may be relevant to the issues raised.
"I found the course extremely professional, a very good mix of theory and practical skills, with very well prepared and experimented teachers, always ready to share from their own experience."
"The course provided me with the opportunity to study alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, through the lens of impartiality, self-determination, and communication."
"I found it very inspirational to be in class with international students and have the opportunity to discuss cultural differences as well as similarities. The course enabled me to gain a better understanding of the whole framework of mediation and helped me to get oriented in the process."
"It has a perfect balance of theoretical and practical inputs and engages participants to reflect on relevant aspects of mediation, so I would definitely recommend the course to my colleagues."
Junior and middle career faculty and doctoral students at law schools or faculties of social science and public administration in the CEE region. Additionally, course targets include academics and professionals in psychology, social work, public policy, political science, government and labor relations. Undergraduates with strong English proficiency are also welcome.
No pre-requisites but a background in the social sciences is desirable.
The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
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Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
- Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
- Statement of purpose (max. 1 page)
In the Statement of Purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, studies or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from your participation.
You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course webpage so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course.
Please provide a name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.
- Personal Statement on Financial Aid
Those who are eligible and wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form).
You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.
Completed CEU Summer University Application Form
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- You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
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- All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
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The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.