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09:00 -09:20

Opening and Welcome

Dr Neo Morei, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, NWU
Prof Mitzi Wiese Director: Research Unit: Law, Justice & Sustainability

09:20 – 09:40

Making mediation work

Ettian Raubenheimer, Member of the Gauteng Society of Advocates

09:45 – 10:05

Practical Implications of High Court Rule 41A

Adv. Bodasing, MD: IBodasing Governance Consultants

10:10 – 10:30

Court annexed-mediation: a means to provide access to justice and widen the scope to transform relationships

Mahlodi Mothapo, Senior Lecturer, Unisa College of Law

10:50 – 11:10

Mediation Skills (use of language, choice of words and neuro-linguistic programming [NLP]) during mediation sessions

Eugene Opperman, Attorney, Oppermans Inc.

11:15 – 11:35

Hybrid Law Practices: Incorporating Mediation into Everyday Practice

Adv. Lisa Thomas

11:40 – 12:00

Wider Perspectives in Family Mediation: An Ecosystemic Approach

Sandra Hitchcock, Accredited Mediator, Hitchcock Mediation.

12:05 – 12:25

The role of restorative justice for institutionalized power play in disputes…
A shift from litigation to safe engagement – A restorative justice approach

Faith Leburu

12:30 – 12:50

The Virtual Handshake: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of Videoconferencing in Labour Settlement Negotiations

Nicci Whitear-Nel, Senior Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal

13:30 – 13:50

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Online Dispute Resolution Can Promote Access to Justice in Maintenance Disputes and Contribute to the Building of the Mediation Profession

Laurie Greyvenstein, Accredited Mediator, Social Justice Foundation

13:55 – 14:15

Family Group Conferences, and specifically how it is done in the Netherlands

Dr Arda Spijker, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Limpopo

14:20 – 14:40

Alternative Dispute Resolution in South African Religious Family Laws

Prof Waheeda Amien, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

15:00 – 15:20

Mediation and the rights of the unborn to maintenance and how mediation can surpass the legalese that domestic and international legislation cannot

Natalie Ruiters, Court Annexed Mediator, Lapoppie Mediations

15:25 – 15:45

Parenting plans are challenging to manage between parties and as a consequence …

Anneke Greyvenstein, Chairperson, Social Justice Foundation

15:50 – 16:10

A critical reflection of the role mediation can play in addressing domestic violence in South Africa

Katherine Butler, Legal practitioner, Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch

16:15 – 16:30


Adv. Sikandar Kola