Course Description

Strong ethical awareness is an essential competency for mediators and arbitrators. Alternative Dispute Resolution is no longer a risk-free environment for mediators and other neutrals. As codes of conduct and grievance processes proliferate and second-guessing and litigation increase, you must become better aware of the variety of ethical dilemmas you will face.

Ethics in Mediation and Arbitration improves your ethical awareness and develops your competency for addressing sticky ethical situations. In this course you’ll gain the clarity about the ethics of neutral roles and practice techniques to apply in practice. Sarah Miller Espinosa, a skilled neutral and expert in ethics, will guide you as you explore complex and real situations and cases that present ethical challenges. This work will prepare you to act ethically in your work as a neutral.

Faculty Author

Sarah Miller Espinosa, JD

Benefits to the Learner

  • Shape expectations and handle or avoid ethical problems
  • Examine the critical role of context, party expectations, and how variations in ADR settings impact your conduct as a neutral
  • Explore how outcomes may vary under potentially relevant legislation, rules, and other authorities

Target Audience

  • Mediators and those aspiring to build a career in mediation
  • Arbitrators
  • Attorneys and lawyers
  • Independent consultants
  • Union representatives and labor relations professionals
  • HR professionals
  • Entrepreneurs who want to mediate
  • Recent graduates interested in becoming mediators/arbitrators
  • Anyone looking to start their own practice as a mediation/dispute resolution professional
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