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Legal And Ethical Issues In Mediation

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Students compare the mediation profession with other similar professions and apply the concept of mediation management to all focus areas. Students focus on legal and ethical issues in mediation, such as conflicts of interest, mediator neutrality, confidentiality, mediator liability, and enforceability of mediation agreements. The course addresses statutes and case law as they pertain to professional mediators and community-based volunteer mediators. Additionally, students examine mediation codes of conduct and standards of practice.

*Students must contact their state or local courts for criteria regarding specific qualifications for practicing mediation.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Confidentiality

    • Describe how a violation in confidentiality as a result of mediator malpractice can affect the mediation process.

    • Describe how confidentiality is regulated in mediation.

    • Identify how confidentiality affects the roles in the mediation process.

    Sources of Bias

    • Describe sources of bias.

    • Identify regulations that attempt to limit the effects of bias on the mediation outcome.

    The Mediation Process: The Effects of Bias

    • Explain the potential legal implications of biases on the mediation process.

    • Explain the potential ethical implications of biases on the mediation process.

    • Explain how to limit the effect of mediator bias on mediation outcomes.

    Mediator’s Role in Participant Self-Determination

    • Explain the role of participant self-determination in generating acceptable outcomes.

    • Describe the mediator’s role in creating participant self-determination.

    • Describe how the regulation of mediation helps in creating participant self-determination.

    • Describe how self-determination is beneficial to the mediation process.

    Mediation/Arbitration

    • Distinguish between mediation and arbitration.

    • Differentiate between the ethical and legal ramifications of arbitration and mediation.

    Laws and Regulations

    • Describe how mediation is regulated.

    • Explain the purpose of regulating mediation.

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