Pepperdine University School of Law's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution hosted, “Mediation Skills for International Judges," in conjunction with the JAMS foundation and the Conference for International Mediation for Justice (CIMJ) from July 26 to 31. Thirty-three judges from 21 countries attended.
The mediation skills training focused on the mediation process, identifying and working with different mediation styles, and facilitating problem solving for pending court cases. Other topics included managing attorney advocates, the parameters of confidentiality, and how judicial philosophies and ethics inform this area of practice. The program offered participants the opportunity to practice mediating simulated disputes and to observe judges and retired judges mediating at the Los Angeles Superior Court JAMS, ARC (Alternative Resolution Centers), ADR Services, Judicate West, and IVAMS Arbitration Mediation Services.
The six day course was taught by distinguished professionals in the area of judicial mediation, including the Honorable Louise Otis, a retired judge from the Quebec Court of Appeal; Alain Laraby, Esquire, from Paris, France; the Honorable Robert Levy, U.S. District Court, New York; the Honorable Alexander Williams III, a retired judge from the Los Angeles Superior Court (currently wiht ADR Services); John ‘Jay’ Welsh, the executive vice president and general counsel for the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS); Peter Robinson, an associate professor at Pepperdine's School of Law; and Denise Madigan, mediator for ADR Services.
The countries represented included Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
The Conference for International Mediation for Justice is an NGO committed to the advancement of mediation among the judiciary around the world. Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the number one program for dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years.