We are pleased to invite you to this week’s research seminar. It will be held on November 15th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 210 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:
Family Mediation in England and Wales: A Focus on Models and Children
It is said that ‘love is blind’. Love can also grow, develop and possibly lead to a union between two people. However when things go wrong, separation or divorce can become inevitable. It can also be said that the end of the relationship and the separation period can lead to the ‘couple’s deafness’ where the ex-partners refuse to hear each other and only focus at times on how best to hurt each other. In every mediation, the interests and needs of the parties tend to be the focus of the mediator and the participants. However with family mediation, an additional interest and need has to be considered and that is the one that belongs to the children. Also many other participants who are physically absent during the family mediation, such as grandparents and new partners, sometimes have to be included in the overall outcome and agreement of the family mediation. This makes family mediation unique in its complexity and intricacy. This presentation will aim to consider how best to approach family mediation through models, theoretical frameworks and stages. This presentation will also include children’s needs and interests in family mediation. The advantages and disadvantages of child-inclusive mediation will also be considered along with the role of the mediator in this context. This presentation will demonstrate that family mediators need to be aware of the children’s wishes and concerns and that there are different ways family mediators can approach and implement this.
Amel Ketani is a Barrister, a Senior Law Lecturer and a Mediator. She taught at several institutions (public and private) in the United Kingdom. Amel taught on the LLB, GDL and Diploma Programmes. She is currently the LLB Programme Leader at BPP University. She has a particular interest in Mediation. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Surrey on the topic of family mediation. Amel has presented on national and international conferences and published on the topic of family mediation and consumer law.