Legal studies, Mediation

Co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN). 



Course date

5 July - 9 July, 2021
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Sharon B. Press

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, USA
Course Faculty: 

Borbala Fellegi

Foresee Research Group Nonprofit Ltd., Budapest, Hungary

Kinga Goncz

School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Christian Hartwig

Streitvermittler, Berlin, Germany

Art Hinshaw

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA

Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Markus Petsche

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria
Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-plays, students will be introduced to mediation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus-building approach adopted.  Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience. Applicants who have the means and ability to teach and train in transition countries will be given preference for acceptance.
The course will include synchronous class time from 15:00 – 20:00 CET with a short break and a dinner break each day.  Students will be required to view recorded presentations outside of class hours and will participate in small group exercises and activities based on the recorded presentations and course materials.  These small group exercises and activities will take place both during and outside of the scheduled course hours.
Students will study conflict resolution process 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.  To highlight this, we will be asking participants to identify a local conflict which they will use to help develop a proposed plan to address the interests of all sides. 
It is more and more standard for law schools to include programs in ADR and mediation. Ideally, this course can play a much-needed role in building capacity for the development of university training curricula as well as practical training in mediation, both at CEU and for institutions connected with our student participants.  In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.