Call for Papers

The objective of the “Global Mediation Conference: New Tools for New Challenges in the Legal Professions” is to promote knowledge and use of mediation and other dispute resolution methods especially among lawyers, judges and the courts.

The conference is conceived as a space to share experiences with jurists from countries where mediation and ADR is already established. The conference supports the ideal of offering a better service to citizens for resolving their disputes, one that avoids judicial confrontation when possible. An ideal that encourages high skills in negotiation techniques and extra-procedural management of cases, as well as the role of lawyers in new forms of arbitration, mediation, use of confidential neutral expert evaluation, and other useful methods rooted in various legal cultures.

For these purposes, the conference sets out a call for papers and posters of original, unpublished work. Presentations are expected to provide new tools, knowledge and understanding to the wide area of conflict and dispute resolution processes. The submissions may be of various types, including theoretical, qualitative or quantitative approaches. Innovative presentations that consider and test theory and techniques to improve professional practice are encouraged.

The subject of the papers and posters must be in line with the objectives of the conference, and follow academic custom including APA guidelines. Fifty papers and posters will be selected by the program committee and presented in the poster section during the conference or by their authors on January 22, 2020 in concurrent sessions from 15:30 to 16:30. Posters will remain on exhibit during the conference. Accepted submissions will be published after the conference in a collective work.

Those who wish to do so may submit papers and posters to be considered by the program committee for inclusion in the conference. We encourage you to participate, to enjoy the networking and social events, and to celebrate the conference with us.

Calendar of Important Dates

  • September 25 The period for submitting papers, posters, and proposals for papers or poster opens.
  • October 1 Notification of accepted papers, posters and proposals begins, so that authors can take advantage of the Early Bird reduced registration that ends October 31
  • October 30 Deadline for submitting proposals. Only papers and posters may be submitted after this date, no proposals.
  • November 25 Deadline for submitting papers and posters, including those from accepted proposals.
  • December 10 Deadline for notification of acceptance of papers and posters.
  • January 21 -23 Posters exhibited at the conference. Time will be designated for presentation of posters in the GMC.
  • January 22 Selected papers are presented in concurrent sessions in the GMC.

Rules for submissions

Papers and posters accepted to be included in the Global Mediation Conference are not remunerated and do not include free registration to the conference. All authors of each accepted work must be enrolled in the Global Mediation Conference.

The papers, posters, and proposals will be uploaded by their authors to the platform through the following link for submision.

The platform will ask for the following information, which must also be included on the cover page of the proposal, paper or poster submitted to the platform, distinct from and preceding the title page:

• Names of authors, their affiliations, and the contact's email address.
• Topic of the work (select one from the list)
• Language (Spanish or English)
• Title of work
• Type of work (proposal, paper, poster)
• Abstract of the paper, poster, or proposal
• Three descriptive keywords of the work, and one descriptive keyword of the methodology (analytical paper, argumentative paper, report, field study, case study, literature review, etc.)

List of topics for papers and posters, and examples:

New trends and practices in ADR for the legal professions

• Collaborative law
• Multi-door courthouse
• Improving classic arbitration
• Requiring lawyers to consider dispute resolution options with clients
• Multi-step dispute resolution clauses
• Enforcement of mediation clauses
• Med-Arb, Arb-Med, High-Low, Baseball and other processes for conflict settlement
• Spain’s bill on the “Law to Increase the use of Mediation”
• Case study or innovative program in civil mediation

Commercial and civil ADR

• Court-referred mediation in commercial cases
• International arbitration
• International mediation
• Case study in commercial ADR
• Surveys on the use of ADR by companies in Spain
• Mediation: The new business competency
• Mediation and the legal profession in the insurance sector
• Mediation and the legal profession in Intellectual Property
• Mediation and the legal profession in the financial sector
• Mediation and the legal profession in workplace conflicts
• Mediation and the legal profession: family mediation

Negotiation and the lawyer

• Negotiation in commercial mediation
• Ethics, negotiation, and the legal professional
• Techniques to overcome impasse in difficult negotiations

New standards in negotiation and mediation

• Clauses
• Mediator training
• Mediation skills
• Mediator competency
• Court-referred mediation
• Court selection of mediators
• Court Mediation Panels

The Lawyer as advisor in Family Mediation

• Ethics, negotiation, and the legal professional in family law
• The Lawyer and the Parenting Coordinator
• Family Mediation as a tool to manage spousal conflict
• Court-based family mediation
• Family Mediation Models

Public Law and challenges in Criminal and Administrative Jurisdiction

• The role of the lawyer in mediation in minors and juvenile justice
• The role of the lawyer in mediation of public conflicts
• Case study or innovative program in criminal mediation
• Case study or innovative program in juvenile mediation
• Case study or innovative program in mediation of public conflict
• Case study or innovative program in community conflict transformation and peacebuilding

Submissions of papers, posters, and proposals

Cover page: All submissions must have a cover page with the following information:

• Title of the work
• Names of the authors, their affiliations, and the contact's email address
• Type of work (proposal, paper, poster)
• The topic area of the work (select one from the list)
• Language of the work (Spanish or English)
• Abstract of the paper, poster, or proposal (150 – 250 words, single-spaced)
• Three descriptive keywords of the topic, and one descriptive keyword of the methodology (analytical paper, argumentative paper, report, field study, case study, literature review, etc.)

1. Full papers: A full paper must be no longer than 30 pages double-spaced, including the cover page, the title page, abstract, graphics, annexes, and references. The abstract should be single-spaced, from 150 to 250 words and be included at the beginning of the paper as well as on the cover page. The papers submitted must follow the APA guidelines (6th edition). Awards for best papers will be given.

Typeface: Times New Roman
Letter size: 12
Leading: double space (2.0)
Margins: 2.5 per 4 sides
Left-aligned, without justifying the right margin
Extension: maximum of 30 pages
Abstract: 150 to 250 words, single-spaced
Text language: Spanish or English

2. Posters: A poster may be submitted by presenting the text and graphics, including a single-spaced abstract of 150 to 250 words at the beginning, followed by the objective, content, methodology, and conclusion (if applicable) of the poster. The text of the poster may be presented in a PDF of a Power Point presentation or other format that organizes the content of the poster. Once the acceptance of the poster has been notified, the authors will prepare the poster to be delivered at the beginning of the conference in Barcelona at the point designated for collection. Important information should be easily read at a distance of two meters, and most of the rest at a distance of 1 meter. The organization of the poster should flow to facilitate understanding of the content. Typical sections may include the introduction, objective, methodology, results, conclusions, references, and others, depending on the subject. The size should not exceed 85 cm x 110 cm. Awards for best posters will be given.

3. Proposal: A proposal describes the objective, content, methodology , and conclusion (if applicable) of the proposed paper or poster in sufficient detail so that it can be evaluated. The purpose is to propose the acceptance of the work described so that it may be included in the conference with other papers or posters. Proposals should be between 2 to 5 pages in length, double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12. The proposal should contain a single-spaced abstract (150 to 250 words) at the beginning. When a proposal is accepted and notified, the authors will upload the full text of the paper or poster to the platform following the instructions set out above for papers and posters, as soon as possible, no later than November 15, 2019.