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Call for workshop abstracts for Mediation Symposium 2020

06 Mar 2020

CIArb Mediation Symposium 2020: ‘Mediation as a Multidisciplinary Practice’

***UPDATE: CIArb is pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts submission deadline has been extended to 15 May 2020, 5:00pm and the news was updated along with the change to the event date.***

Venue: CIArb, 12 - 14 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2LP, United Kingdom
Date: 7 December 2020

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) invites abstracts (300 - 500 words) to lead workshops at its 13th Mediation Symposium. This year’s symposium focuses on the theme of ‘multidisciplinarity'.

Mediation is a valuable form of dispute resolution. The mediator plays a crucial role in enabling the parties to understand the issues that separate them with a view to coming to a settlement. Consequently, the mediator needs to have discrete intellectual and professional skills in order to facilitate a mediation. As complexity increases and the nature of disputes evolve, one question that arises is what disciplines may support the work of a mediator. Might an increased awareness of law, psychology or sociology enable the mediator to enrich the mediation, or indeed should mediators practice in specialist themes and the discipline be combined with other ADR areas such as arbitration.

The day will draw together presentations, deliberations and debates around ‘multidisciplinarity’ and the skills and practice of mediation. Although targeted at practitioners, this flagship event will also be of interest to academics, lawyers, politicians and the judiciary as well as business leaders with an interest in the developing world of mediation. CIArb invites abstracts (of 300 - 500 words) on the following workshops at its Symposium. Each workshop will last for 90 minutes. Speakers can submit abstracts for the full 90 minute, or shorter sessions. CIArb will decide on the format depending on the submissions. Speakers can submit abstracts individually or in groups. In line with the workshops’ format, abstracts should be participatory - they should seek to involve the audience, including through exercises, engagement and debate.

The workshops will be on:

Morning Session (10.55am - 12.25pm)
A. The ‘Evolving Mediator’
B. The Business of Mediation
C. The Mediator’s Toolkit

Afternoon session (1.50pm - 3.20pm)
A. Redesigning the Mediation Curriculum
B. The Three Non-Mediators that a Mediator Must Consult
C. Technology and Mediation

Abstracts should set out with headings:
* Full title;
* Broad workshop outcomes;
* Description of session;
* Content to be covered;
* Interactive engagement;
* Structure; and
* Name, affiliation, contact details/email address and short profile.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is: 15 May 2020, 5:00pm.

Abstracts should be emailed with the following subject line - ‘Mediation Symposium 2020 Abstract: [Speaker Name]’ - to Dr Paresh Kathrani, Director of Education and Training, at CIArb at

Symposium timetable (subject to change):

9.00am - 9.40am        Registration followed by tea and coffee
9.40am - 10.00am      Welcome address and outline of the day
10.00am - 10.30am    Keynote address
10.30am - 10.45am    Morning break
10.45am - 10.55am    Introduction to workshops
10.55am - 12.25am    Workshop streams
12.25pm - 1.40pm      Lunch
1.40pm - 1.50pm        Introduction to workshops
1.50pm - 3.20pm        Workshop streams
3.20pm - 3.35pm        Afternoon break
3.35pm - 4.20pm        Plenary discussion
4.20pm                       Closing remarks followed by drinks reception

For further information or enquiries, please contact Dr Paresh Kathrani (CIArb Director of Education and Training) at

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