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Resolving conflict through negotiation and mediation

All relationships between individuals, organisations, communities, societies and nations experience conflict and disputes at one time or another. The Essex Mediation Clinic serves the wider community by supporting individuals and organisations in resolving their conflicts and disputes through negotiation and mediation. 

We aim to positively impact society as a whole by helping to strengthen the availability and use of the non-adversarial approach of mediation both within the community and in the justice system of England and Wales. The Mediation Clinic is part of the School of Law at the University of Essex and works independently from, but in cooperation with, the Essex Law Clinic. The services which we provide are impartial. Find out how to join the Essex Mediation Clinic and find out more about what mediation involves.


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What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process whereby an impartial third party, the mediator, assists the parties to a conflict in order to resolve their differences and come to a mutually satisfying “win-win” agreement. Importantly:

  • mediation is an alternative to court, and/or other administrative procedures, e.g. police or local authority involvement
  • the parties to conflict in mediation have the opportunity to speak to each other directly, explain their issues, concerns, and aims, and be listened to. The mediator helps the parties to explore, understand and discuss fully all important aspects (legal and non-legal) of the conflict
  • the parties have control over the decisions made. The mediator doesn’t decide but supports them by guiding their conversation to find a way forward in their disagreement

How do participants experience mediation?

Mediation doesn’t only save time and money for the parties to a conflict but also leads to better outcomes that they can more easily live with. A key advantage is an improvement in parties’ relationships which is essential in various settings, including commercial, community and family conflict, where there is an ongoing relationship moving forward.

In the news

"In recent years, mediation has proved an increasingly popular option for resolving disputes, with demand only increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." From September, a new clinic will allow law students to develop their professional skills in mediation while providing a vital service to the community.

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Dr Timea Tallodi’s recent book ‘How Parties Experience Mediation: An Interview Study on Relationship Changes in Workplace Mediation’ is the first study in the literature to use in-depth interviews with mediation parties, fine-grained phenomenological analysis and a psychological lens, in order to explore parties’ lived experiences of relational changes in mediation. The findings of this pioneering piece of research are informing the development and practice of the Essex Mediation Clinic.

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