Call for Papers: International Mediation


For anyone who’s interested in writing about international or comparative mediation, you should be aware of the following opportunity: 

Call for Papers

International Mediation Leadership Summit

The Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association, in collaboration with AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ACB Group-Netherlands, ADR Center-Rome, CEDR, CMAP, International Academy of Mediators, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), JAMS, Netherlands Mediation Institute, and the International Mediation Institute, is sponsoring the first International Mediation Leadership Summit on October 31, 2008.  The goals of the Summit include: building a relationship between members of the American dispute resolution community and their counterparts around the world; beginning to develop bridges between the efforts, initiatives and ideas that may be particular to one country but have the ability to raise the bar for all mediation practitioners and programs; and establishing a dialogue among mediation groups around the world regarding issues of importance to the development of the mediation field.  The Section and its collaborators anticipate that the event will be a first step in an ongoing process of building an international dispute resolution community.

As part of that process, and with the support of the JAMS Foundation, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and its collaborators invite the submission of papers related to the topics to be covered in the Summit.  We hope these papers will develop and continue the dialogue begun at the Summit. The submissions can either be short practice-oriented papers or longer scholarly papers.  Topics to be covered during the Summit include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced and innovative training methods
  • New mediation models and techniques
  • The development of the law of mediation and its relationship to domestic and international legal frameworks
  • Credentialing and disciplining mediators
  • Developing an international set of policies and standards for mediators
  • Enhancing collaboration among international entities
  • Inter-cultural communication and mediation
  • Building the marketplace for mediation

The papers should discuss mediation-related ideas, practices or experience in one country or region that may be useful and instructive to the development of the mediation field in other countries or regions. Ideal papers will be more than descriptive and will provide practical, cross-cultural analysis and guidance.  Scholarly papers will indicate the relevance of their topic to developments in the mediation field, cite related work, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of their topic and its contribution to the field.  No paper will be accepted that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in another journal or other publication.

Short, practice-oriented papers (1,500 – 3,000 words) will be selected for publication in the Dispute Resolution Magazine, the primary publication of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  For Dispute Resolution Magazine submission guidelines, please see

Scholarly articles will be selected for publication in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, a student-edited law review of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.  The submission guidelines for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution can be found at

In addition, selected submissions will be published in Nederlands-Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Mediation en Conflictmanagement (Dutch-Flemish Mediation and Conflict Management Journal), the premiere conflict management journal in the Netherlands. 

Prizes of $500 will be awarded to the best short, practice-oriented article and the best scholarly article as judged by a committee comprised of representatives from the Section of Dispute Resolution. Submissions should indicate into which category they fit.  Members of the Dispute Resolution Section’s Governing Council and employees of the American Bar Association are not eligible for these prizes. 

Attendance at the International Mediation Leadership Summit is not necessary to make a submission in response to this Call for Papers.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.  All submissions must be sent to: Stephen Kotev at  All submissions must be in English.

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