Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Can Lawyers Be Effective At Mediation?

  • Florence Karimi Shako Riara Law School, Riara University


This study focuses on the question of whether mediation training can equip lawyers with the necessary guidance and skills for effective dispute resolution. It has been suggested that the traditional law school curriculum inappropriately privileges an adversarial approach to disputes and pays undue attention to the case-based method at the expense of more holistic or contextualized understanding of grievances. This study argues that with the proper training, lawyers can be effective at mediation.

Key words: mediation, lawyer, dispute, resolution


Author Biography

Florence Karimi Shako, Riara Law School, Riara University
Ms Florence Shako is a full time lecturer at the Riara Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and Master of Laws degree from London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Certified Public Secretary as well as a Certified Public Accountant. Her recent publication is entitled “The Interpretation of the Doctrine of Piercing the Corporate Veil by the UK Courts is More Successful Than by the US Courts” King’s Law Review, Volume III, Issue 2.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1998-1279