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Core Dispute Resolution Advocacy Skills for Litigator, Counsels & Transactional Lawyers

This course is organized by the Academy of International Dispute Resolution and Professional Negotiation (AIDRN)


Course Description


A 3-day training course leading to assessment for Accredited Mediation Advocate status of the UK-based Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) and International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate status of the International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates Association (IPDRAA).

Key Learning Objectives

  • Promoting mediation advocacy and international dispute resolution advocacy as essential tools in practice development
  • Deriving significant income from mediation practice
  • Identifying risk and reward in mediation strategy
  • Understanding and meeting client needs
  • Preparing for mediation – practical tips
  • Using the mediator, using the process
  • Identifying option generation for client gain
  • Understanding when and how to say no

Course Contents

A. Mediation practice in Hong Kong and internationally and its application to you

B. The SCMA standards and competencies in mediation advocacy

C. The role of the lawyer / advocate in mediation

  • Understanding the process
  • Understanding outcomes
  • Non-contentious and transactional business
  • Mediator selection
  • Understanding mediators' work
  • Negotiation within mediation
  • Using the mediator to add value
  • Preparing the client
  • Mediation dynamics – keeping control

D. Advanced Mediation Advocacy Modules (SCMA approved)

  • Representation styles in mediation – models of approach
  • Transitioning from competition to collaboration
  • Working as a team
  • Understanding client needs
  • Facilitating the other side
  • Controlling and refining the process
  • Light-touch mediation

E. Extending your competence to International Dispute Resolution

  • Risk prevention and corporate governance
  • Using the global platform of dispute resolution to resolve commercial disputes
  • Enforcement of the settlement agreement
  • UNCITRAL Model Law on Mediation and the Mediation Convention


  • Certificate of Attendance will be presented to participants with 70% attendance for all sessions.
  • Certificate of Completion will be presented to participants with 70% or above attendance for all sessions and a pass grade in the assessment.
  • With the Certificate of Completion, participants will be eligible for membership of SCMA and admission as an International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate of IPDRAA within 1 year upon completion of this course.

Course Details

Duration 21 Hours
Date 18 - 20 September 2019
Time 9:30am - 5:30pm
Venue 21/F, Success Commercial Building, 245 -251 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Teaching Medium English
CPD HKMC: 21 points
MHJMC: 21 points
IPDRAA: 21 points
Tuition Fee HK$8,500
Application Method
  1. Please complete the online enrollment form (
  2. Please settle the course fee by cheque or bank transfer.
Payment Methods
  1. Cheque (Hong Kong Bank Account Holder)
    Cheque should be made payable to "International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates Association Limited".
  2. Bank Transfer (Hong Kong Bank Account Holder)
    Please transfer your course fee to the following account.
    Bank Name: Bank of Communications
    Account Name: International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates Association Limited
    Account Number: 382-544-100239102

*Please write your full name, contact number and the course title at the back of your cheque or copy of the bank-in slip and send to IPDRAA by mail or email. For other payment methods, please contact Mr. Hin Lee at +852 2866 1800 or via email at

Deadline 3 September 2019