Mediate 2019 - The Words We Use, Norton Park, Thursday, 14. November 2019

This year’s conference theme is ‘The Words We Use’. The conference will look at the how language impacts on people engagement with mediation, how the language we use in mediation impacts on those involved and allow discussion on the response mediators might make to this.
We are delighted to confirm our two plenary sessions:
What can mediators learn from crisis negotiators?
In this session, Elizabeth Stokoe and Rein Sikveland will discuss their collaboration via Metropolitan Police, and Police Scotland. For several years, Liz and Rein have worked together building evidence-based communication training for negotiators, based on recordings of live, unfolding crisis conversations between suicidal persons and police negotiators. Using conversation analysis, Liz identified effective strategies for overcoming resistance to engage in negotiation, and that some of these strategies echoed her findings looking at client resistance to mediation. Liz and Rein will share their collaboration story, as well as what works in high stakes conflict situations, for third parties whose aim is to help those in conflict. 

Behind the Veil of Words: Observations about the obscuration of action in the mediation process
Dr Debbie De Girolamo
Debbie De Girolamo is a senior lecturer in law at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches and researches on conflict and dispute resolution at the School of Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, in London and Paris. Debbie has designed and teaches the following LLM post-graduate courses: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues; Negotiation Theory and Practice; Art Disputes and Their Resolution; and Lawyer Negotiators (Paris). Debbie is Co-Director of the LLM Specialism in Dispute Resolution, Director of the LLM Programme in Art, Business and Law, and Director of the Postgraduate Diploma Course in International Dispute Resolution (Mediation). Areas of current research focus, which complement her work on conflict and dispute resolution, include issues dealing with justice, social order, legal pluralism, and cultural property disputes.
Debbie has written extensively about dispute resolution processes and has been invited to speak at conferences and workshops internationally on various aspects of her research. In addition to publications on negotiation theory, the mediation process, legal culture and cultural property, Debbie’s monograph regarding her observational study of mediations, The Fugitive Identity of Mediation: Negotiations, Shift Changes and Allusionary Action was published by Routledge in 2013.
Debbie is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario Canada. She also trained as a mediator and became a community mediator in Toronto, Canada.

Our workshop programme will be announced shortly.
Early bird tickets are available now from only £60-£120 and will be available until the 14th October 2019.

Thursday, 14. November 2019, Norton Park, Mediate 2019 - The Words We Use

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