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I’m pleased to add here the recent information from the IMI on the survey, which I last noted in my December entry, last year. This is the memo from IMI:

We are pleased to share with you the results of the IMI 2016 International Mediation & ADR Survey, which are now published on the IMI Portal:

https://imimediation.org/imi-2016-biennial-census-survey-results

In total, 815 participants completed this census survey, from mediation users, mediators, advisors, educators, students, providers and other stakeholders. The survey was designed to gather census data as well as views about Mediation & ADR Awareness. As statistical data in this area is still largely in its infancy, the results were particularly insightful and eye opening.

We very much appreciate the time and participation of all survey respondents. Their insight into conciliatory methods is of particular value to the Alternative Dispute Resolution community at a time when conflicts between businesses, governments and individuals are rapidly escalating on numerous fronts.

Certainly as IMI approaches its 10th anniversary, this information (and the many additional written comments submitted with this overview) will help us to prioritise efforts to raise the profile of mediation and ADR around the world. We hope the survey also inspires you to generate ideas in your own communities on how to continue to grow mediation and ADR as a viable alternative to drawn out legal proceedings.

Kind regards,

Ute A. Joas Quinn and the Survey Team
International Mediation Institute
www.IMImediation.org

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The International Mediation Institute is conducting its biennial survey on mediation use and awareness. Your responses will assist in gathering a snapshot of mediation use:

Academia, business and governments universally declare mediation the most cost-effective and quickest manner to resolve conflicts. But do the majority of civil and commercial players even know the practical aspects of this game changer enough to use it with confidence? Have we done our best to let them know?

IT WILL ONLY TAKE 7 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME!
(see link at the bottom of the page)

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) invites YOU and YOUR COLLEAGUES to participate in a brief biennial survey to gather information about Mediation & ADR Awareness, IMI Performance, and YOU. IMI launches initiatives to promote worldwide growth of practical and sustainable conflict resolution systems. By completing the survey we can:

  • Find out what matters most to you about resolving conflicts,
  • Tell others what you are up against when it comes to conflict management,
  • Grow mediation by building awareness and support, and
  • Enhance the IMI organization to make it fit for YOUR needs.

Please forward the survey to people whose opinion you value!

If you participate in the survey by December 31, 2015 and leave your contact details at the end of the Survey, you will be included in a drawing for a free entrance into one of the unique IMI Global Pound Conference Seriesevents of your choosing in any of 36 cities in 26 countries (see http://globalpoundconference.org/) as our way of thanking you for making the time to give us your input.

Survey results will be sent to all who include their contact details in advance of being posted on the IMI Webportal.

We appreciate your time and participation.

About the International Mediation Institute (“IMI”)

IMI is a non-profit public interest initiative to grow mediation by driving transparency

and high competency standards into mediation practice across all fields, worldwide.
The basics of IMI in a Nutshell can be found here: 

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE IMI SURVEY

CLICK HERE

 
 

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After some time of silence on this blog – you can now find me usually over on the Kluwer Mediation blog: http://kluwermediationblog.com/author/ianmacduff/ – I will simply note here a couple of graduate programmes that may be of interest to anyone who may still be following. First, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, in the Basque Country, offers a well-established international Masters in the Sociology of Law. I’ll upload the brochure for the next academic year’s programme.   2014-15_programme                     Second, the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona has a Masters in Conflictology, run in conjunction with the UN Institute for Training and Research. I will also upload the brochure for this programme. UNITAR_UOC Brochure (final) 2_light   As I maintain my links with both of these programmes, I do offer a personal recommendation!

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After some time of silence on this blog – you can now find me usually over on the Kluwer Mediation blog: http://kluwermediationblog.com/author/ianmacduff/ – I will simply note here a couple of graduate programmes hats may be of interest to anyone who may still be following. First, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, in the Basque Country, offers a well-established international Masters in the Sociology of Law. I’ll upload the brochure for the next academic year’s programme.   2014-15_programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second, the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona has a Masters in Conflictology, run in conjunction with the UN Institute for Training and Research. I will also upload the brochure for this programme. UNITAR_UOC Brochure (final) 2_light

 

As I maintain my links with both of these programmes, I do offer a personal recommendation!

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After some time of silence on this blog – you can now find me usually over on the Kluwer Mediation blog: http://kluwermediationblog.com/author/ianmacduff/ – I will simply note here a couple of graduate programmes hats may be of interest to anyone who may still be following.

First, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, in the Basque Country, offers a well-established international Masters in the Sociology of Law. I’ll upload the brochure for the next academic year’s programme.

 

2014-15_programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second, the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona has a Masters in Conflictology, run in conjunction with the UN Institute for Training and Research. I will also upload the brochure for this programme.

UNITAR_UOC Brochure (final) 2_light

As I maintain my links with both of these programmes, I do offer a personal recommendation!

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From the Ministry of Law’s website: http://www.mlaw.gov.sg/news/press-releases/icmwg-recommendations.html –

1.            The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) welcomes recommendations made by the International Commercial Mediation Working Group (ICMWG) to develop Singapore into a centre for international commercial mediation.  This will add to Singapore’s vibrant dispute resolution sector that has been growing on the back of a significant rise in commercial transactions in Asia and the corresponding increase in the number and complexity of cross-border disputes.

Recommendations by the International Commercial Mediation Working Group

2.            The ICMWG submitted its recommendations on 29 November 2013.  The recommendations include:

a)    Quality Standards – Establish a professional body to set standards and provide accreditation for  mediators;

b)    International Mediation Services – Establish an international mediation service provider which will offer as part of its service offerings, a quality panel of international mediators and experts, as well as user-centric innovative products and services;

c)    Legislative Framework – Enact a Mediation Act to strengthen the framework for mediation in Singapore;

d)    Exemptions and Incentives – Extend existing tax exemptions and incentives applicable for arbitration, to mediation; and

e)    Judicial Support – Enhance rules and Court processes to encourage greater use of mediation.

3.            Co-Chair of the ICMWG, Mr Edwin Glasgow QC said, “With its excellent legal system, infrastructure, connectivity and geographical location, Singapore is ideally placed to be the centre of excellence for international commercial mediation.  The feedback we have already received from international players and corporate users has been extremely positive. I hope and believe that the Working Group’s recommendations will help Singapore to acquire in respect of international commercial mediation, the reputation which it already unquestionably enjoys in the equally important field of arbitration.”

4.            Co-Chair Mr George Lim SC said, “By building up Singapore’s mediation capabilities and expertise, particularly to deal with international commercial disputes, commercial users will be able to choose from a full spectrum of dispute resolution services, ranging from facilitative mediation to binding arbitration.  This will enable users to tap on the dispute resolution process that best addresses their specific needs.  I believe that mediation, where successful, can help commercial parties save considerable time, costs and achieve flexible, mutually acceptable solutions to otherwise seemingly intractable disputes.”

5.            The Chief Justice and Minister for Law have expressed their appreciation to the Working Group for the work and effort put into this review.  MinLaw will follow up with the relevant stakeholders to see how the various recommendations can be implemented.  A summary of the ICMWG’s recommendations is at Annex A.

Background

6.            In April 2013, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and the Ministry of Law appointed Mr Edwin Glasgow CBE QC and Mr George Lim SC to co-chair a nine-member working group to propose plans to develop the international commercial mediation space in Singapore.  The group comprised international and local members to provide a wide range of expertise and views.

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The open University of Catalonia (www.uoc.edu) is launching a course on “expertise in online mediation”. Over the past couple of years, an international group of the top people in this field have been pooling ideas, and generating plans for online graduate programmes in aspects of ODR, and this course is the first result. This is worth checking out – especially when you note the Faculty who will be teaching on both the English and Spanish language programmes. You’ll be in the company of the people who are shaping the field.

For information, see http://studies.uoc.edu/en/postgraduate-courses/law-political-science/odr-mediation-expertise-eng/presentation. The Faculty names do not appear to be listed under the “Faculty” tab, but they include:

Ethan Katsh, Colin Rule, Pablo Cortès, Jeff Aresty, Daniel Rainey, David Larson, Graham Ross, Alberto Elisavetsky, Esther Vilalta, Rosa Perez Martell.

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