New centre to champion the needs of users and their advisors in mediation

Nottingham Law School has established a Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution to offer independent, research-led commentary and innovative contribution to the development of mediation in the UK and globally.

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Director of the Centre, Joy Davies

Nottingham Law School has established a Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution to offer independent, research-led commentary and innovative contribution to the development of mediation in the UK and globally.

The Centre will focus on examining and developing training for lawyers, professional advisers, and mediation practitioners in the most effective and efficient styles of mediation practice, with a particular focus on the perspectives of the people who use the service.

It will develop practical as well as academic research to lead and inform the debate around ethical standards and performance indicators as a step towards enhancing user experience.

For further information on the Centre visit the website

There is a clear need for fresh research based techniques in mediation and negotiation to inform practitioners.

Richard Butler, Visiting Professor in Dispute Resolution at Nottingham Law School

Joy Davies, principal lecturer at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, will be leading the Centre as its director. Joy is an accredited mediator and specialises in dispute resolution.

She said: “Enriching society is one of Nottingham Trent University’s strategic ambitions. The very real benefits of mediation can enrich users and the wider community, although the practice and training have progressed little in over 20 years. The Centre aims to change this by developing a fresh approach.”

The Centre was launched with an event which saw students, academics, legal professionals, and mediation practitioners take part in workshops and discussions, culminating in an address by The Hon Mr Justice Coulson.

Professor Richard Butler, Visiting Professor for Dispute Resolution at Nottingham Law School and a practising mediator and arbitrator, led a session at the event. Speaking about the launch of the Centre, he said: “The Centre has been founded at a key moment in the development of mediation in this country. A large number of civil and commercial disputes are now being mediated each year, but the professional techniques available to mediators and party representatives to secure mutually satisfying outcomes for the parties are little different to those current 20 years ago.

“There is a clear need for fresh research based techniques in mediation and negotiation to inform practitioners, and for dissemination of best practice to students and practitioners. The Law School’s established strengths in research and practitioner programmes position it perfectly to contribute significantly to this field.”

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    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

New centre to champion the needs of users and their advisors in mediation

Published on 1 December 2016
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Law School

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