IAM hosted its first annual conference in London, England
IAM hosted its first annual conference in London, England in September 2009. Approximately 100 top mediators from 20 countries enjoyed a rare opportunity for cross-cultural learning and best practice sharing with their peers at the prestigious, invitation-only International Academy of Mediators What Can We Learn From Each Other Fall Conference.
The highly interactive program promoted cross-cultural learning and best practices worldwide through a combination of traditional seminars and workshops and innovative simulations of mediation. Freeze Frame Mediation Day, in which a mock mediation was conducted in segments with regular breaks for comment and discussion, was one valuable component. Delegates participated from a wide variety of countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and US.
These accomplished professionals enjoyed the opportunity to learn about important emerging issues and creative techniques in employing mediation from each other. A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to The Rt. Hon. Lord Woolf of Barnes. Lord Woolf was recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments across many years of dedicated service as an advocate, judge, educator, mediator and leader in the reform of dispute resolution throughout the world. His report Access to Justice, 1996 (The Woolf Report) has been a catalyst for the development of ADR in England.