Legal studies, Mediation

In co-operation with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York and Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota

Course date

8 June - 19 June, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Lela P. Love

Kukin Program of Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA
Course Faculty: 

Petra Bard

Legal Studies and CELAB, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

James R. Coben

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, USA

Dana Potockova

Charles University and Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic
Guest Speaker(s): 

Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Coordinator: 

Kitty Atkins

Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University School of Law, St Paul MN, USA

Klara Papp

Department of Public Policy, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

The course is designed to introduce academics, professionals and students in the East and West, who are pursuing the study of conflict and conflict resolution processes, to mediation and facilitation theory and skills. The program lays a philosophical and intellectual foundation for mediation and then cultivates basic mediation practice skills. A cross-disciplinary and cross-national inquiry into the use of dialogue in conflict scenarios, the course explores consensual methods to promote understanding and dispute resolution between peoples.

Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-plays, students will be introduced to mediation and facilitation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus-building approach adopted. The course also will examine a variety of strategies to foster and support democratic and constructive dialogue. The interactive presentation of the material is designed to offer teaching and training models to those course participants who want to develop programs in their own countries. Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience.

Case examples will focus on both civil and criminal mediation models and scenarios from both the United States and Central and Eastern Europe, including efforts in Central and Eastern Europe to promote meaningful democratic dialogue in times of crisis involving high-conflict situations and inter-ethnic tensions.

Mediation is a newly emerging field in both the west and the east. Legislation mandating the use of mediation has outpaced the development of both theory and practice, and this course is designed in part to fill that gap, cultivating scholars, teachers, trainers, and practitioners in this developing and important arena

Funding opportunity

This course usually enjoys the perspectives of participants from many countries. While applicants are selected on academic merit, to ensure this geographical diversity we encourage and give special consideration to applicants from around the world.

The Mediation course is generously funded by private foundations enabling participation at a low, subsidized tuition cost (tuition fee: 500 EUR). As applicants residing in developing countries may have difficulty paying for tuition and/or some of the other associated costs (travel and accommodation), a limited number of scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis for participants from emerging countries worldwide. Those who wish to apply for financial aid should send a separate cover letter specifying their reasons.