This is a busy week for globe-trotting mediators. Not only does today mark the official opening of Cyberweek, the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution‘s annual online conference attended by dispute resolution professionals, attorneys, and others from around the world, but tomorrow kicks off Mediation Week in the U.K., an event aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of mediation as an appealing and effective alternative to litigation.
Sponsored by Britain’s Department for Constitutional Affairs and Her Majesty’s Courts Service, Mediation Week is actually a bit of a misnomer, since this observance extends over an 11-day period from October 24 through November 4.
Events for the public have been scheduled at county courts throughout England and Wales to provide information and answer questions regarding mediation. (See the events page as well for a list of useful ADR links and resources in the U.K.)