This course is in English.
Mediation has the power to transform the way people solve their disputes and is a better and effective way to resolve conflict.
In conducting cross-border or international mediation, the mediator is faced with a number of challenges, many times rooted in the cultural differences between the parties. Understanding the international aspect of mediation and developing the ‘soft skills’ required to positively manage cultural discrepancies and perceptions when resolving conflict is therefore of outmost importance.
‘Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it’ – Mohatma Gandhi
The course is addressed to:
The Mediation Path- A comparative study to the Mediation Techniques
Non Verbal Communication in Mediation
Questions in Mediation
Emotion In Mediation
Facilitating the communication between the parties
Creativity in Mediation
The Mediation Agreement
The participants will be divided into two groups and be given two versions and assigned roles of a mediation case study. They will be expected to use the script to prepare for a negotiation. Then they will be called to directly negotiate with each other and feedback will be given at the end of the exercise.
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Willem Meuwissen is an expert negotiator, mediator and litigator in commercial corporate and real estate law, fluent in Dutch, French, English and German. He is a permanent member of the Belgian Federal Mediation Commission and a member of the Flemish Bar Association ADR Commission.
Willem Meuwissen (1956) studied at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven, where he obtained a LLM Cum Laude. In 1980, he was called to the Bar and trained by the famous maritime attorney Robert Wijffels Esq.
Together with Theo De Beir he founded AGREMENTOR, a law firm specialising in interparty conflict resolution and litigation, with offices in Antwerp and Brussels and working for many clients in Belgium, Europe and worldwide.
He is an expert in international commodity arbitration (RUCIP) and is accredited as a mediator by the Belgian Federal Mediation Commission, bMediation, VOBA (the Flemish Organisation for Mediation and Arbitration) and the Association for International Arbitration.
He is the author of several publications in commercial law and mediation and he teaches negotiation and mediation at the bMediation accredited mediators course, at the AIA European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice, at the Belgian Magistrates Training Institute (IGO) and at the Diplomatic Academy of the University of Brussels where he teaches “Internationall Economic Negotiation and Dispute Resolution”.
Willem Meuwissen is regularly appointed as a mediator, by both the courts and private parties in important commercial and labour disputes.
Melina Karaolia is a Partner at M. Eliades & Partners LLC since 2008. Her work encompasses a diverse range of corporate and litigation matters. She advises clients in multiple commercial, civil law issues and business law disputes. She concentrates on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. She advises and represents clients in international corporate transactions, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions and legal matters relating to corporate project structuring and business development. Her multiple practice areas also include insurance law, company redomiciliations and competition law. Melina has further received training and experience in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for Oil and Gas by the leading oil and gas lawyer J. Jay Park QC and the international legal adviser in Energy and Mining Dr. William T. Onorato. She is currently a Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Melina is a qualified Arbitrator in Cyprus and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. She has also been trained and is currently actively interested in working with Mediation. She is an accredited and registered Mediator in Cyprus and has recently obtained the EMTPJ cross-border mediation certification, specializing in the settlement of international commercial disputes. In recent years she has been training professionals and company officials on improving their negotiation skills and has further been delivering trainings in “International Mediation” in association with an established training center from Belgium and Mr.Willem Meuwissen, a renowned and well established mediator in Belgium. Melina is also an accredited and registered as an independent Insolvency Consultant in Cyprus. She graduated from the Law School of the University of East Anglia, UK, with an LLB Honors degree. Melina holds a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University (London) and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law, a member of Gray’s Inn London and the Cyprus Bar Association.
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