International Training Program

International Training Program: Promoting Mediation Through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers

The UC Law San Francisco Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR), in partnership with the JAMS Foundation, presents “Promoting Mediation through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers: Lessons from the U.S. and other Leading Mediation Jurisdictions.”

This international training program is intended for lawyers, judges, court administrators, and others interested in learning how to cultivate a robust mediation ecosystem in their home countries through the establishment of effective mediation centers. Top-level U.S. and international experts drawn from the court system, private ADR institutions, and universities will share best practices and lessons learned from decades of ADR reform experience—information that is rarely available to the public. Anticipated topics covered:

  • How mediation can promote access to justice and help reduce court backlogs
  • How to design and operate mediation centers (public/court annexed and private)
  • How to build capacity and ensure that such centers are sustainable into the future
  • The advantages and disadvantages of voluntary, mandatory, and judicial referral models
  • How to convince mediation skeptics and secure their buy-in
  • The social, political, economic, and legal ingredients and interventions necessary for a mediation center to thrive and for an ADR ecosystem or culture to take root
  • The importance of data collection and analysis
  • What empirical research on ADR tells us about the who, what, where, when, and how of mediation, including what works and what does not
  • Factors that have helped drive the success of mediation in the U.S. and other key jurisdictions


Location: UC Law SF, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dates: September 9-13, 2024 (exact times TBA)

Registration: $2,000 (limited scholarships available)


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