The Conference Design Committee has released the Call for Abstracts for NMC2019. The dedicated website provides guidelines, key dates, and an electronic submission pro forma. Only electronic submissions will be accepted, and they must arrive by the due date of 5 October this year:
There are eleven Conference Streams (in alphabetical order):
- Approaches to Indigenous dispute management and decision-making processes. Key words: Governance; peace-building; evaluation; effective policy & services.
- Business and construction, workplace and employment. Keywords: DR clauses in contracts; business, construction and workplace arbitration; industrial and employment DR; innovation in business and workplace DR; international commercial dispute resolution; evidence in commercial and business disputes.
- Community-focused mediation, and other community-focused processes. Keywords: Conflict coaching; alternative approaches; environmental DR; multi-party, consultative, and whole-of-community processes; innovative approaches; evidence-based approaches.
- Conciliation, including public and private advisory processes, and statutory programs. Keywords: Evidence-based approaches; conciliation, evaluative mediation, advisory dispute resolution, hybrid dispute resolution; statutory programs and processes; conciliation training, standards, and accreditation.
- Court-connected DR services, including services associated with courts and tribunals. Keywords: Mandatory DR; judicial DR; artificial intelligence; theoretical frameworks; evidence-based approaches; current developments.
- Dispute System Design, online DR, and technological innovations. Keywords: Theoretical frameworks; current developments; sociocultural influences; innovative approaches & applications; artificial intelligence; evidence-based approaches.
- Elder mediation and other developing specialist areas of practice. Keywords: Elder mediation; age-related issues; Elder abuse; Elder law; new specialist approaches; evidence-based approaches.
- Family mediation and dispute resolution, including Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). Keywords: Child inclusive and child focussed processes; family and domestic violence; parenting plans, including shared parenting; parental responsibility; property and financial matters; mandatory FDR; confidentiality; lawyer assisted FDR; family group conferencing.
- Peace-building, transitional justice, reconciliation, and civil society. Keywords: Sociocultural influences, including: intra-cultural, cross-cultural and multi-cultural approaches; discourse analysis; evidence-based approaches; innovative approaches.
- Research, training, and education: building a rigorous evidence base for DR. Keywords: Research design, empirical methodologies, program evaluations; standards & accreditation; innovative research; evidence-based approaches to training and education.
- Restorative justice and other innovative approaches. Keywords: Circles, conferencing, mediation; theoretical frameworks; current developments; innovative approaches; evidence-based approaches.
When assessing proposals, the Committee will give priority to the following criteria:
- The introduction of new and innovative concepts not previously canvassed or fully explored in the sector;
- Where applicable, the rigour of any research that will be included in the presentation, or on which the proposal relies;
- The inclusion of credible demonstration of the importance of the subject matter to the mediation, or DR field, and to the preferred Conference Stream;
- The inclusion of intercultural, cross-cultural and/or multicultural considerations;
- The potential appeal of the proposal to a broad spectrum of delegates; the proposal should include appropriate comments if it would appeal more to one cross-section of the sector (e.g. newly trained practitioners, or experienced practitioners);
- The demonstrated capacity of the proposal to allocate appropriate time for coverage of the topic, and, if for a panel, to include all presenters; and
- The title of the proposal conveying to delegates what they can expect from the session.
We look forward to considering your proposals as we prepare for 2019 being a belated celebration of NMC’s 25th Anniversary.