How do you handle emotional outbursts as a mediator?

Emotional outburst isn’t an unusual occurrence during mediation. Due to the conflicting interests of the parties, there is a very high tendency of either or both of them being quite emotional about the subject matter. Therefore feeling overly sensitive and threatened are not alien emotions. Sometimes the outburst could be mild or extreme depending on the sensitivity of the situation. […]

These attributes and skills will help you become a better mediator

Just as it is with most professions, the practise of mediation requires some personal attributes and skills if one would truly excel at it. While prior specialised training in related fields may offer an advantage in acquainting practitioners with the formalities of the mediation process, anyone who is committed to learning and improving over time can become a good mediator. […]

5 ways to improve workplace relationships with mediation

Conflict is practically inevitable in any situation that requires people coming together. This is especially true when cooperation is required over a prolonged period, towards achieving a common goal, for example in the workplace. It is therefore important for employees to imbibe dispute resolution principles and for employers to be deliberate about dealing with conflicts in a way that promotes […]

Harnessing the power of mediation to drive social change

Over the past few decades the practice of mediation has enjoyed increasing acceptance across the world. It has been used to resolve conflicts in lots of differing contexts ranging from families to schools, communities, workplace and commercial disputes. Mediation affirms the general premise that most people appreciate fairness and want to do what is right. The work of the mediator […]

Customary Mediation in Marriage in Nigeria

Nigeria is made up of several tribes and cultures each of which is governed by various laws and customs. Customary law is a system of law that reflects and reveals the culture, custom, values and habits of the people whose activities are regulated by their custom. The custom varies from one tribe to another, which mostly adapt to the social, […]

Mediation for the Custody of Children under Native Law and Custom

Decisions of mediators in cases for the custody of children are largely influenced by the general rule under all native laws and customs in Nigeria which says that the right of the custody of the children whose parents are divorced or separated belongs to the father, except where a child is too young to be separated from the mother until […]

Sample Ground Rules for the Mediation Process

Although mediation is generally an informal process, mediators usually specify guidelines and rules of conduct towards facilitating fruitful and productive communication. It is important to have ground rules because they define the purpose of the mediation process at hand and shape how discussions will be conducted. By establishing rules about the behaviour of concerned parties and how decisions will be […]

Why Mediation is Becoming Increasingly Popular

Life, at its very essence, revolves around relationships. We cannot claim to be fully alive and well if we’re not interacting and transacting with other people. This simple fact makes disputes inevitable, leading to the development of the judicial system and the popularity of litigation as a means of seeking redress in civil matters or meting out punishments in criminal […]

How Successful School Administrators Implement Peer Mediation

Peer mediation programs help to create safer schools by helping students to take responsibility for the conflict resolution process as opposed to the traditional disciplinary methods. The essence of peer mediation is to help young people imbibe conflict resolution and problem solving skills thereby facilitating a cordial disposition among students. Trained peer mediators provide a bridge between contending parties, hearing […]

Cases Not Likely To Be Suitable For Mediation

Even some ardent practitioners of Alternative Dispute Resolution will agree that there are some disputes that are unsuitable for ADR. Some of the cases which might be seen as “unsuitable for mediation” were mentioned in the case of HALSEY V MILTON KEYENS GENERAL NHS TRUST [2004] 4 ALL E.R 920. In this case the Court Of Appeal held that dealing […]