Workshop 1 – Vulnerabilities in Court-Connected Mediation


So often, court-connected processes involve people whose vulnerability places them at risk in an unfamiliar, culturally alien, and highly formalised system.  While immersing you in an unusual yet compelling workshop format, the three presenters will guide you through four skill sets that you can use to help vulnerable people make the most of your mediation.


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 – Elder Mediation


Elder Mediation is a focused, preventative, respectful process – usually multi-party, multi-issue and intergenerational: a trained Elder Mediator facilitates discussions focusing on present strengths while assisting participants in addressing their stated concerns.  This introductory training will highlight learnings from evidence-based knowledge and discuss the skills and sensitivities necessary to grow knowledge in this emerging field.  The training will combine an interdisciplinary study of the theoretical foundations of Elder Mediation with practical skills development. Participants will gain understanding of how elder mediation differs from other forms of mediation and the implications of practicing in this field without some prior training.  The session will be responsive to questions and issues raised by participants.


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 – Lewis Deep Democracy – Encouraging the Argument


The workshop will include a short introduction to Lewis Deep Democracy (LDD) and aspects of the theory that underpins it, and then focus on those LDD tools that are valuable in mediation.  These tools are informed by the view that conflict has transformative potential, and that accessing this potential requires stepping into and in some contexts amplifying the tension between opposing forces.  The workshop will be highly experiential providing you with techniques to create the safety needed for conflict transformation work, and tools to identify and work with the polarities intrinsic to conflict.  It will introduce you to the LDD methods of the Dynamic Conversation, the Argument, and Let’s Talk.


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’ (2008) and recipient of several international awards.

Myrna is mother to a son and a daughter, mother-in-law to two and has four grandchildren. Myrna lives in Sydney, Australia.