In 2002, a group of mediators established the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. The goal of the Academy has been to create an awareness of mediation, that there is a better way to resolve differences than the adversarial system, which tells society that differences can be resolved only if you are prepared to go to battle. Former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger declared that our legal system “has become too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for a truly civilized people.”
INADR is dedicated to the principle that change can only come through education. To this end, the Academy has established a 40 hour training class for persons wishing to be certified as mediators. It has established mediation tournaments to train law students, undergraduate students and graduate students in mediation. It holds an annual World Mediation Congress in the fall of each year which brings together mediators from around the world to share ideas and network.
40-Hour Training Course for Mediators
The Academy, in conjunction with the Illinois Bar Association, holds mediator training classes twice a year in Chicago and occasionally down state Illinois. The same course is also offered twice a year at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Lawyers, professors, and nonlawyers are given intensive hands-on training in mediation, both as mediator and attorney representatives. All persons completing the course are certified by the Academy.
Law School Mediation Tournaments
The Academy conducts invitational mediation tournaments around the world. At each of these tournaments one and one-half days of instruction are provided to the students, conducted by experienced mediators. Students learn skills of both being a mediator and representing a client in mediation. These invitational tournaments have been held in Perth, Australia, Kiev, Ukraine, Bhopal, India, Dubai, UAE, London and Liverpool, England, Glascow, Scotland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and throughout the United States.
In addition to the invitational tournaments, a Championship Mediation Tournament is held each year, alternating between the U.S. and outside the U.S. This tournament, which most recently attracted students from 16 countries and 37 nationalities, has been held at Loyola University Law School in Chicago, BPP Law School in London and at the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland.
International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament
Undergraduate students are exposed to the same training and participate in tournaments using the same format as law students. A championship tournament is held each year in the late fall of the school year, alternating between the North (Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA) and the South (Brenau University in Gainesville, GA). In more recent years, schools outside the U.S. have begun to participate.
World Mediation Congress
A major activity of the Academy is conducting the annual World Mediation Congress in the fall of each year. Speakers come from all over the world – India, Dubai, England, Scotland and the U.S. Topics range from how to spread the word of mediation in the Arab world to how to build your mediation practice.
Members of INADR have found great fulfillment in participating in its many activities. They feel that it is a way to give back to the community and the world. Please join us.