Mediation Skills Clinic


The purpose of the Mediation Skills Clinic is to introduce participants to the unique role of a mediator and the process of mediation, through a practical skills clinic.

The overall objective is to give participants experience with the process of facilitating a mediation, in the role of mediator.

This will include practice with some of the fundamental skills that support the role and an opportunity to develop those skills further by critical reflection on their own practice, with reference to the theory of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

The skills clinic is conducted using lectures and experiential exercises to give participants an understanding of the underpinning theory of interest-based negotiation in mediation and an opportunity to learn and practise the skills required for conduct of the process of mediation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  2. Articulate and orally communicate the purpose of mediation and the role of a mediator; and differentiate the detailed stages and requirements of a mediation process and its limits; to the parties in a mediation (and others).
  3. Apply the mediation model to the practice of mediation; develop and execute strategies to support parties in conflict to collaborate.
  4. Design and execute a substantial written piece of reflective practice on one’s conduct as mediator in mediation.
  5. Research, review and relate the theory of mediation to one’s actual performance in mediation; review and critically appraise one’s own practice as mediator; formulate improvements to one’s strategic interventions as mediator and predict the likely outcomes of these improved methods on parties to a mediation.


This class will be offered as a week-long intensive, onsite at the ANU. There will be no online option for this clinic so please do not apply unless you can be on campus during the week of 7 – 11 February 2022.

Assumed Knowledge

The programs assumes that students have already developed certain skills. It is expected participants have an adequate command of:

English and related written and oral communication skills. Participants are expected to have high English language skills and to be able to understand and follow the principles of commonly accepted expression and style at a professional level;

Information literacy skills, such as work with computers (eg for assignment completion or for legal research), use of online teaching platforms, etc;

Initiative and self-management re administration of their preparation for and conduct with the clinic and workload; are all expected.

Application Process

Please find the application form below when open

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