Course Description

Diploma in Mediator Training

Diploma in Mediator Training is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course . Diploma in Mediator Training gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Mediator Training at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme participants will be able to:

  • Apply basic conflict theory to analyse disputes,
  • Identify disputes that are suitable for mediation,
  • Find and apply the law regulating the mediation process in Ireland,
  • Describe the different styles of, and approaches to, mediation practice,
  • Demonstrate the core competencies necessary for mediating a civil, commercial, or workplace dispute,
  • Use mediation skills and tools with fluidity and proficiency,
  • Manage themselves in the role of the mediator and respond to the inherent challenges of mediation process, and
  • Identify the next steps to take if considering establishing a mediation practice.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The goal of this diploma is to provide an appreciation of the theoretical foundations of the mediation process and to equip participants with the necessary skills to successfully mediate disputes in a number of different settings. The course and the intensive interactive workshops are designed for those wishing to practice as trained mediators, and the diploma is accredited by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), subject to successful completion of the assessment (see below).

The course design adopts a “flipped learning” approach, whereby interactive online lessons released in advance provide an in-depth review of the process of mediation, its core skills and its increasing importance in the litigation landscape. This diploma course also examines the Mediation Act 2017, which entered into force in 2018, and its objective to promote mediation as a viable, effective, and efficient alternative to court proceedings, thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes, and relieving the stress involved in court proceedings. The act focuses on a number of different aspects of mediation:

  • It introduces an obligation on solicitors and barristers to advise parties to disputes to consider using mediation as a means of resolving them;
  • It provides that a court may, on its own initiative, invite the parties to consider mediation;
  • It provides for a system of dealing with unreasonable refusal to mediate;
  • It provides for the suspension of limitation periods to facilitate the mediation process;
  • It addresses the confidentiality of the mediation process;
  • It sets out how mediated settlement agreements can be made enforceable; and
  • It permits the introduction of a code of practice for the conduct of mediation by qualified mediators.

This course is designed, therefore, not only to equip participants with the skills to act as a mediator, but also to consider fully how the practice of mediation will be affected by the new statutory framework.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Conflict and dispute resolution

Key themes:

  • Conflict and disputes,
  • Conflict analysis,
  • Working with conflict,
  • Resolving disputes.

Module 2: Mediation principles and processes

Key themes:

  • Principles of mediation,
  • Mediation processes and models,
  • The role of the mediator,
  • The future of mediation,
  • Mediation skills and strategies.

Module 3: Mediation law in Ireland

Key themes:

  • The development of mediation in the Irish legal system,
  • Case law and legislation,
  • The Mediation Act 2017,
  • The impact of law on practice.


Workshops are crucial to learning outcomes for the course and onsite attendance is mandatory. The aims of the workshops are to:

  • consolidate and put into practice what has been taught through the online lessons;
  • allow participation in smaller tutorial groups and encourage peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing.
Workshop DateTime
 Induction Day 30 October 2020 9:30am – 1pm
 1 6 November 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm
 2 7 November 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm
 3 20 November 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm
 4 21 November 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm
 5 4 December 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm
 6 5 December 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm


The continuous assessment items include an online lesson assessment worth 60%, a final written assignment accounting for 35% and forum posts worth 5%.

  • MII onsite assessment dates: 8-9 December 2020,
  • Written assignment submission date: Week 1, February 2021.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees interested in the mediation process,
  • Suitably qualified non-legal professionals whose work requires them to engage in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, whether that is in the workplace setting, family matters, or commercial disputes.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.

Hear from our graduates

Marie-Claire Campbell

“With the introduction of new legislation in this developing area, I found it to be an interesting and relevant time to do the Diploma in Mediator Training. Having access to all the key lectures online prior to the first workshops provided a helpful oversight and the course lecturers were all experienced mediators. The hands-on mediation sessions were a beneficial way to put the skills into practice and learn from other course participants, who were from a mix of legal and non-legal backgrounds. The course struck a perfect balance between theory and practical workshops and undoubtedly provided a solid grounding in key mediation skills.”
Marie-Claire Campbell BL


The course is facilitated by experienced mediation practitioners with extensive knowledge and insight of how the mediation process interacts with more traditional forms of dispute resolution.

Core Faculty

Sabine Walsh

Sabine Walsh, Past President, Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, Co-Founder and Head of Learning, Mediator Academy.

Sabine left practice as a solicitor to pursue a full-time career in mediation in 2009.
She is an academic writer and commentator on mediation and is co-editor of the EU Mediation Handbook (Kluwer). She has just completed a 3-year term as President of the MII, Ireland’s national mediation body and, during her term as President, was instrumental in helping get Ireland’s Mediation Act 2017 across the line.

Sabine is passionate about mediator education and has designed and coordinated two postgraduate programmes in mediation and conflict in one of Ireland’s national universities. Sabine joined Mediator Academy full-time as co-founder in 2019.

Aled Davies

Aled Davies, mediator, founder and CEO, Mediator Academy.
Aled Davies is the founder and CEO of – an online education company that produces and delivers the highest quality educational resources to those at the front line of dispute resolution. He first trained as a mediator in South Africa 20 years ago and has since mediated community, workplace and commercial disputes. Aled’s passion for mediation and excellence in education drove him to reimagine how mediation education could be delivered throughout the world. Before that Aled ran a venture-backed alluvial diamond mining business in Central Africa, but that’s another story altogether!

Online and face-to-face sessions will also feature other experts, including members of the legal and mediation profession and the judiciary.

MII qualification

Participants wishing to register for membership with the MII must attend all on-site sessions, complete the 60-hour training programme, and pass the role-play assessment. The additional charge of €250 payable to the MII for the role-play assessment is included in your course fee.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme  and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2020. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Mediator Training
Course Start Date30th October 2020
Course End Date9th December 2020
Course TimeBlended learning including flexible online modules to be taken in students own time and classroom-based workshops structured as seven mandatory on-site interactive Friday and Saturday sessions.
Course Fee3300
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