Category Archives: Scotland

Mediation Evaluations

Friday brought our assessed role-play mediations. This was the equivalent to a final exam for the course. The class was split into three large groups, and everyone was given a chance to act as mediator for the problem given, with the three instructors overseeing and evaluating the mediations. After the mediations were finished, the instructors…
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A Day of Rest

For some of us, those from John Marshall, Thursday was a day off. Sadly, Prof. MacLachlan had to spend the day teaching negotiation.

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Small Group Mediation Practice

Wednesday brought more small-group mediation practice. By this time, due to the intensity of the class and the class size, most people were showing great improvement in their mediation skills. We focused on issue identification, separating the issues from the people, and more emphasis on remaining neutral as a mediator. The class was made up…
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Transnational Mediation & Roslyn Chapel

Transnational Mediation We began Tuesday with a short review of the previous day’s activities, followed by a group activity. As the class was focused on Transnational Mediation (not just mediation, in general), the group activity emphasized the extent to which cultural differences exist, even just within two english-speaking countries (Scotland and the U.S.). For this…
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First Day of Class

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. It’s not obvious from the photo to the left, but we started each class day getting coffee/tea and biscuits (or some morning food). Subsequently, as can be seen in the photo, right after everyone was settled with their morning coffee, we gathered in a large circle around the classroom. Charlie (standing)…
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Ross Priory & Loch Lomond

The program organisers, Bryan Clark and Prof. Charlie Irvine, from the University of Strathclyde, arranged an outing and barbecue at Ross Priory, the university’s recreation and conference centre, located on the shores of Loch Lomond. At the outset, it seemed like complete confusion. Because it was the Sunday prior to the first class meeting, there…
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