Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters.
In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.
The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. The diploma not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to international mediation, but can also provide a stepping stone for professionals to become involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in mediation - be it as a disputant, representative or perhaps as a mediator: a legal qualification will not be a prerequisite for admission, although you will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve an understanding of law and legal implications. References and materials will be legally orientated, but this will enable the non-lawyer to be better equipped to deal with the issues raised in international business mediation.
This programme will: ◦Give you a thorough grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day international mediation practice. ◦Promote academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest. ◦Allow flexibility to enable you to plan and balance your study and work commitments.
Why is the course relevant?
Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as:
A pilot scheme for the automatic referral to mediation in the UK County Court Money Claims Centre for claims of less than £5,000. Automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters (claims up to £5,000). A Court of Appeal scheme whereby appeals of personal injury and contract claims of up to £200,000 will be automatically recommended for mediation. The Department for Business, Innovations and Skills has instituted a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium sized enterprises. In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation (2008/52/EC) has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.
Professional Exams Exemptions
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) have approved the following exemptions: ◦CCDD002 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution/Associate Level ◦CCDM113 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation, part-time for a period of 18 months, starting in January each year.
The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of optional modules and dissertation being offered during the second term. ◦Taught modules (22.5 or 45 credits). Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam). ◦Dissertation (15,000-words) (45 credits) – on a topic of your own choice
Core modules: ◦CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits) ◦CCDM042 Negotiation and Mediation Workshop (Residential) [PDF 134kb] (30 credits)
Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below: (a minimum of 3 student is required for a module to run)
◦CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits) ◦CCDD003 International Construction – Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits) ◦CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits) ◦CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits) ◦CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits) ◦CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits) ◦CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits) ◦CCDD007 15,000 Dissertation (45 credits)
January 2015 start - deadline for applications is 15 December 2014 As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London and are unable to deliver supporting documents in person. Electronic copies of supporting documents are acceptable for the online application. To comply with official admissions procedures, if you are made an offer, applicants must submit original certified or notarised copies of the supporting documents by post or courier and make a payment of part or full fees to be received no later than 12 January 2015. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.
The School of Law is offering a total of ten full LLM scholarships (fee waiver) covering the LLM programmes listed below. Of the ten full scholarships, the School of Law will award four overseas fee scholarships and six Home/EU fee scholarships for those with an offer on one of the following LLM programmes: ◦LLM Banking and Finance Law ◦LLM Commercial and Corporate Law ◦LLM Comparative and International Dispute Resolution ◦LLM Competition Law ◦LLM Computer and Communications Law ◦LLM Economic Regulation ◦LLM Energy and Natural Resources Law ◦LLM Environmental Law ◦LLM European Law ◦LLM Human Rights Law ◦LLM Immigration Law ◦LLM Insurance Law ◦LLM Intellectual Property Law ◦LLM International Business Law ◦LLM International Shipping Law ◦LLM Master of Laws (General) ◦LLM Legal Theory ◦LLM Media Law ◦LLM Medical Law ◦LLM Public International Law ◦LLM Tax LawThe School of Law offers one of the largest LLM Programmes in the UK with 18 different LLM Programmes covering most areas of law.7 LLM Scholarships (Home/EU tuition fee) 7 LLM Scholarships (overseas tuition fee)
You should have an upper second class honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) at a British university or the equivalent in other universities. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience are accepted at the discretion of the Programme Director.
Recipient: Queen Mary University of London
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