Workshop 1

Lola Akin Ojelabi, La Trobe University

Lola is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, La Trobe University, Australia. Her research focuses on culture and ADR processes, ADR and access to justice, ethics and justice in ADR and conflict resolution and international law. She is co-author of Ethics and Justice in Mediation (2018) and Dispute Resolution in Australia (forthcoming)




Nina Harding, Mediator/Facilitator

Nina Harding has over 25 years’ experience as a dispute resolution practitioner, trainer, and educator. Highly respected in the Dispute Resolution sector, she has mediated over 2000 disputes in a variety of areas, including business and public interest disputes; and she is the Australian Film Code Conciliator. An experienced DR trainer and facilitator, Nina has conducted numerous mediation courses, and has taught at many universities including UTS, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Sydney. Nina is a NMAS accredited mediator, and an active member of various mediation panels in Australia and overseas.


Archie Zariski, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University Canada

After receiving my law degree I practiced litigation in Edmonton as an associate and partner for 15 years. In 1989 I returned to university and obtained a Masters in Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. My thesis concerned theoretical and practical aspects of dispute resolution. In 1991 I joined the faculty of Murdoch University Law School in Perth, Western Australia where I taught in the Law and Legal Studies programs. At Murdoch I designed and coordinated courses in the dispute resolution area including Negotiation and Mediation. I was trained as a mediator in Australia and Canada and mediated for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Perth. I also trained mediators for the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. After returning to Canada in 2005 I have acted as a volunteer mediator for the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre in Edmonton and was appointed in 2012 as a part time member of the Federal Public Service Staffing Tribunal. My research interests are in the area of mediation and conflict resolution.

Workshop 2

Judy McCann-Beranger MA, Elder Mediation International Network, Canada

Judy McCann-Beranger M.A., Cert.CFM, Cert.EM, is the past Chairperson of the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), a Past President of Elder Mediation Canada, Board member of Family Mediation Canada, and Chair of Summits for EMIN. Judy is Employee Assistance Coordinator for Teachers in Newfoundland, Canada and is Chair of the Certification Committee for Family Mediation Canada. She is a comprehensive certified mediator, counselor, educator, and author and has been a guest lecturer at several universities across Canada and Europe. Judy is a past president of both Family Mediation Canada and Family Service Canada. Judy was team lead for a community-based research project to inform the practice of Elder Mediation.

Judy is the recipient of several National Leadership awards as well as an EMIN Award. Ambassador Patrick Binns on presenting the EMIN award at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland congratulated Judy for her exceptional contributions to the advancement of elder mediation globally and remarked on her tenacity, leadership and inspiring work – both in Canada and abroad bringing together some of the greatest minds in the world on elder mediation. “The resultant positive impact on families around the world is to her credit” said Ambassador Binns.

Dr Dale Bagshaw, University of South Australia

Dr Dale Bagshaw – currently adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of South Australia; previously Head of School, Research Portfolio Leader, Program Director of Mediation and Conflict Resolution programs and Director of the Centre for Peace Conflict and Mediation. Convened the first National Mediation Conference, a foundation member and past President of the World Mediation Forum, founder and longstanding President of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (has conducted conferences in 8 countries in the region). She is the founder and Chair of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network, a Board member of the Elder Mediation International Network and an EMIN certified elder mediator. Has trained mediators in 11 different countries; researched and published widely.

Workshop 3

Myrna Lewis, Lewis Method of Deep Democracy

Myrna Lewis is a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of transformation and systems change. She is a co-founder of the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy which was born out of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1993. Myrna has an MA in Clinical Psychology and she is responsible for the professional services and development of Lewis Deep Democracy. Myrna consults internationally and facilitates large-scale transformation processes. She is the author of’ Inside the No’

He is also a trained and experienced restorative justice facilitator and in 2004 received the International Community Justice Award from the Home Office in Britain for his work in campaigning for restorative justice. In 2015 he received the Michael Klug Award from the Resolution Institute for his “contributions to the peaceful resolution of conflict in the best interests of the community”, and in 2016 was granted Victoria University’s Excellence in Engagement Award.

In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June will begin her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3, 2017.

Toni Bauman, AIATSIS; Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU; Dodson Bauman Associates

• Senior Research Fellow, Governance, Cultural Competence, and Public Policy, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Director Dodson, Bauman Associates
• Anthropologist, mediator, facilitator, researcher, trainer, policy adviser over 30 years in Indigenous sector
• Participatory process expertise: governance and capacity building; decision-making and dispute management; agreement-making; community engagement; partnerships and relationships; land and native title claims; alternative consensus building like Deep Democracy; free prior and informed consent
• Chief investigator, Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project, AIATSIS and Federal Court’s Indigenous dispute resolution case study project, ‘Solid Work you Mob are Doing’; member NADRAC, Indigenous Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Project.