Prepare for a dramatic rise in disputes: Enrol for this Professional Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

Prepare for a dramatic rise in disputes: Enrol for this Professional Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

As India gallops towards being the world leader in international trade and investment, with an ever increasing number of cross-border and multinational commercial deals, the country has an urgent need for lawyers who have had the most advanced and up-to-date global education.

A new Professional Diploma, with financial incentives for early registration, will ensure that participants develop as global leaders and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to gain a commercial advantage on the world stage.

Mediation is rapidly becoming the process of choice for commercial disputes. New legislation in the areas of consumer protection and company law, even mandatory pre-litigation in commercial disputes, have driven this development. India was in the first group of States to sign the Singapore Convention on Mediation, a key international instrument for the enforcement of international mediated settlements in cross-border commercial disputes.

Why Mediation?

Within five years, mediation and other dispute resolution mechanisms will form a core part of every lawyer’s practice but are India’s legal professionals, including advocates, law firms and in-house counsel prepared?

To be an effective mediation lawyer requires three key things:

  1. Regulatory and Process knowledge - Do you know how section 12A of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015 works?

  2. A new set of skills - How do you represent your clients interests and negotiate the deal so that you get the best possible outcome?

  3. A different mindset - How do you support and advise your client before, during and after mediation when you’ve trained as a trial lawyer?

The answer is education.

Innovation in Education

The Bar Council of India has recognised this by mandating a minimum of 35 hours mediation education for all undergraduate law students, but the need for good mediation lawyers can’t wait for those undergraduates to go into practice. Fortunately, thanks to a willingness to innovate and think differently, a new online postgraduate programme has stepped in to meet this need.

Ireland’s University College Dublin’s Sutherland School of Law has just launched its new fully online Professional Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation) which is enrolling now and commences in June 2021. By partnering with innovative online education company Mediator Academy, University College Dublin are able to offer a programme featuring an online-first design to learners from around the world. The programme will equip lawyers and other dispute resolution professionals with the skills and knowledge to lead in their field as a result of a state-of-the-art curriculum and a faculty of global leaders in the field.

The Sutherland School of Law
The Sutherland School of LawImage: Paul Tierney

The Sutherland School of Law is a global top 100 ranked law school with a commitment to driving innovation. It is the first law school to partner with Mediator Academy to offer a truly unique online learning experience to participants who want to set themselves apart with a postgraduate professional qualification, and the skills and knowledge to succeed. In the post Brexit era, Ireland is evolving as a centre of excellence for dispute resolution in the EU and further afield, attracting top mediation advocates and law firms from around the world.

Curriculum

Participants will study the theoretical foundations of dispute resolution, its significance for legal practice today and the regulatory and political imperatives that are driving its growth. They will acquire crucial skills and competencies to distinguish themselves from their peers and boost their employability and professional value. They will gain insight into the global legal and political changes that are locating mediation at the heart of international dispute resolution like the Singapore Convention, directly from those involved in its drafting.

The programme sits at the cutting edge of new developments, addressing technological advances in dispute resolution and the challenges of the pandemic, affording participants the opportunity to learn how to engage in complex international mediation from their own homes and offices, anywhere in the world. The culmination of the programme in a Capstone Project will leave participants with their own concrete plan for their dispute resolution practice, and evidence of their new knowledge and skills they can use to further their careers.

Distinguished International Faculty

The programme faculty features members of the judiciary, senior mediation advocates from Ireland and the UK and thought leaders from the United States to Asia. Participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from those practicing at the frontline of dispute resolution, and gain an insight into how the top of the profession have built their extraordinarily successful careers.

Clockwise top right: Sue Prevezer QC - Brickcourt Chambers, London, The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville - High Court of Ireland (Commercial Division), Sabine Walsh - Co-founder Mediator Academy and former President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, William Wood QC - Maxwell Mediators, London & Asia Pac, Jane Player Commercial Mediator London, Geoff Sharp - Maxwell Mediators, Asia Pac and Brian Hutchinson (centre) - Associate Professor UCD, commercial mediator and Arbitrator.
Clockwise top right: Sue Prevezer QC - Brickcourt Chambers, London, The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville - High Court of Ireland (Commercial Division), Sabine Walsh - Co-founder Mediator Academy and former President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, William Wood QC - Maxwell Mediators, London & Asia Pac, Jane Player Commercial Mediator London, Geoff Sharp - Maxwell Mediators, Asia Pac and Brian Hutchinson (centre) - Associate Professor UCD, commercial mediator and Arbitrator.

Thanks to the innovative design of the programme, participants can learn anywhere in the world, in their own time and space, when it suits them. The programme is designed to be undertaken by busy professionals alongside their everyday work, without the strain of having to attend sessions at a specific time. Learners will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded professionals from all over the world, to exchange best practices and developments and to enhance their global network. This dynamism comes through from the programme faculty and the wide endorsement of the programme from senior members of the international legal profession.

Is this for you?

This programme is ideally suited to:

● Students who want to internationalise their educational profile;

● Qualified lawyers looking to move into larger corporate firms, or setting up their own dispute resolution practice;

● In-house counsel in mid to senior level roles;

● Retired professionals and government employees working or seeking to work in arbitration and mediation;

● Chartered Accountants and Company Secretaries working with mid-level companies supporting legal work and negotiation.

The programme's participants will have an opportunity like no other to learn from the best, gain a top global credential (postgraduate diploma) and shape their careers for a new and exciting future.

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