We are an organization specialized in conflict prevention, evaluation, management and resolution; as well as in dialogue facilitation, consensus building and decision making processes.
The MEDIARE Institute was founded in 1997, as the first organization to start a Mediator training program in Brazil. Over the years, we formed a multidisciplinary team of mediators composed by highly qualified experts originated from different professional backgrounds and used to daily operating various kinds of conflicts and decision making-processes.
The practical experience with mediation, as well as the dedication towards studying and researching different consensus-based methods regarding dialogue and decision-making processes, has broadened the range of features to be offered in this practice.
MEDIARE uses the Multidoor courthouse system of non-adversarial methods on dispute resolution and dialogue processes, which includes, in addition to Mediation, Dialogue Facilitation, Evaluative Technical Consultancy, Consensus-Building, and tailored-made Dialogue Process Design.
As a reference center in the field of dispute resolutions, as well as in the training of dialogue tools, we integrate a network of national and international institutions that devote their work Dispute Resolution Instruments and with which we have established partnerships.
MEDIARE comprises the National Council of Mediation and Arbitration’s founding board, having participated in the composition of its Code of Ethics for Mediators. Together, both institutions also took part of elaborating the Model Regulations for the practice of Mediation in Brazil as well as of the basic structure on curriculum for Basic Mediation Training programs.
We attend different states of Brazil, delivering lectures, seminars, courses, workshops, consultancy, supervisions and training programs regarding the dispute resolution field, in private and public contexts. Our Mediator’s team operate in the following fields: Business, Family Companies, Family and Succession, Civil, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Health, School, Public politics, Socio-environmental, Collaborative practices and Research.
Cooperation Agreements arranged with public and non-governmental institutions organized trough a “Bank of hours” – voluntary services granted by the MEDIARE`s Mediators Panel – enables low-income population to have access to Mediation methods, what helps demonstrate the companies’ awareness regarding the social responsibilities that Mediation carries.
The MEDIARE System accommodates the MEDIARE team and comprises:
- MEDIARE Dialogues – Design and coordination of dialogue processes regarding understanding or decision-making, always guided by consensus building and mutual benefit.
- MEDIARE Courses – Geared towards the training of dialogue processes and alternative dispute resolutions.
- MEDIARE Institute – Dedicated to social projects research, development, dissemination and practice of dialogue processes.
Activities built over the time
Along with CESeC (Center for Security and Citizenship Studies), we have developed:
- In 2017, a research program regarding the quality of mediation services offered by the Rio de Janeiro`s Judicial System (2016/2018).
- In 2018, a research designed to map out the different programs related to community mediation, existing in Brazil.
Every year, since 2016, the MEDIARE`s Yearbook is issued. This work compiles articles regarding Conflict Mediation and Dialogue Facilitation, originated from the compilation of all reflections emerged from the thematic sectors reunions occurred during the year. It also lends visibility to the Mediators dedicated to the academic production.
Continuing Education – Updating meetings
Updating meetings are monthly offered to the members of the associated panel, seeking the provision of continuous improvement regarding their personal mediation practice. Among the services offered, there is the General Study Group, which is dedicated to themes regarding Mediation, Dialogue Facilitation and General Culture. There is also the Thematic Study and Project Groups, which relate to specific themes and lens to improvement of Mediation practice; as well as, to knowledge and projects development.
Bank of Hours
Every semester, MEDIARE invites the professionals from its training course to integrate the Mediators Panel that provides free hours of operation – the Bank of Hours – for social service and inter-institutional cooperation projects.
Since 2016, MEDIARE has formed a partnership with Saint Thomas University, based in Minneapolis (USA), granting, annually, one of our Mediators with a scholarship in the Saint Thomas ADRs LLM program.
MEDIARE Courses and e MEDIARE Dialogues
Private Sector Mediator Training Program:
Since 1998, a regular Mediation course is offered bi-annually in Rio de Janeiro aiming all sectors of society – doctors, lawyers, engineers, judges, psychologists, economists, managers, social assistants, etc. – This variety of domains is what permits us to maintain our multidisciplinary mediator`s panel.
We also offer other courses, seminars and workshops as well as in company services in mediation; all customized for different demands around the country.
Practical Mediation and Other Non-Adversarial Dispute Resolution Methods
Our multidisciplinary mediator panel is responsible for practical mediation offered at the MEDIARE Chamber, by practicing both private and social mediation. Since experts with different professional backgrounds compose it, the panel is always ready to offer specialized technical consultancy when needed.
Mediation Training Program in the Public Sector
When concerning the public sector, MEDIARE has been playing and important roll in the development of Mediation by offering public entities – The Rio de Janeiro`s Public Prosecutor Office (V Editions); and the Rio de Janeiro`s Public Defender Office (2011 – 2015) – its Mediation mentorship Program, as well as by participating in a variety of projects aiming the formation of mediators and supervisors improvement, in other States.
Conciliation Training Programs in the Public Sector
In 1999, MEDIARE coordinated the General Public Defender`s Office training course for Voluntary Conciliators in Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays, MEDIARE helps increasing their technical abilities by offering judges and judicial conciliators, lectures on this theme.
Coordination of the “Pacifying Project”
In 2009, MEDIARE was responsible for coordinating the teaching staff on the “Pacifying Project”- An incentive policy of the Ministry of Justice to the development of the practice of Mediation in Law schools – which was operated by Rio de Janeiro`s Getulio Vargas Foundation and by the NGO Viva Comunidade; and took place at the Maré Complex of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Our president-director, Tania Almeida, was the Project`s general supervisor.
Courses and Workshops: Skills Enhancement for Conciliatory Practice and Dialogue Facilitation
Throughout its existence, MEDIARE has been offering courses for law professionals (Skills Enhancement for the Conciliatory Practice), and community stakeholders (Dialogues Facilitation), in cooperation with public institutions, NGOs as well as on a voluntary basis.
Regular Courses and In company Courses
MEDIARE offers both, workshops to the general public as well as customized courses for corporations and organizations; Always focusing on developing communication and dialogue facilitation techniques, improving conflict management leadership and on team coordination and decision-making processes.
Cooperation Agreements with Other states Training Entities
Aiming the construction of a National institutional network, Cooperation Agreements were arranged with public institutions in various states of Brazil, what has enabled joint performance and shelter of students in real cases supervision phase.
Cooperation Agreements with Public Entities
Cooperation Agreements arranged with public institutions such as the Rio de Janeiro’s State Courte, Public Defender’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office, made possible for us to develop the practical segment of our mediation training course while providing these institutions, free quality mediation services.
Founding-member and part of the direction panel of CONIMA – Brazil`s National Council for Mediation and Arbitration
MEDIARE comprises the CONIMA`s – Brazil`s National Council for Mediation and Arbitration – founding board, form which, MEDIARE`s president, Tania Almeida, served as director during different terms.
Throughout this period, she has participated in the composition of the Council`s Code of Ethics for Mediators as well as of the Model Regulations for the practice of mediation in Brazil. She has also dedicated herself to the assembly of a basic mediation-training curriculum and has promoted communication between CONIMA and the drafting committees of the Brazilian Bill of Mediation (7169/2014), which served as legal landmark for the Brazilian Mediation Law (Law 13.140/2015).
Member of FONAME – Brazil`s National Mediation Forum
MEDIARE is one of the institutions that comprise FONAME, having participated of the drafting committee of a Code of Ethics for Mediators.
BRAZILIAN`S LEGAL LANDMARK
Part of the I ADR Journey – for compilation of statements regarding the Brazilian`s legal landmark for Mediation
MEDIARE`s president, Tania Almeida, was part of a team, coordinated by the Judge Kazuo Watanabe, which was dedicated to the study of the statements regarding Mediation.
Every year, since 2016, the MEDIARE`s Yearbook is issued – A work which compiles articles regarding Conflict Mediation and Dialogue Facilitation, originated from each one of MEDIARE`s thematic sectors. This work not only aims the reunion of all reflexions emerged from the thematic sectors reunions which took place during the year, but also lends visibility to the Mediators who are dedicated to academic production.
In 2014, Tania Almeida has published the first edition of her book “Toolbox in Mediation – practical and theoretical contributions, a collaboration with Eva Jonathan and Samantha Pelajo.
Participation on Congresses and Seminars
MEDIARE`s experts panel is regularly participating on national and international congresses and seminars.
Tania Almeida was part of the Direction Committee of the World Mediation Forum – 1999/2000 bienniums.
International Activities on ADRs
Member of the National research team on the development of a Brazilian Multidoor Courthouse System regarding Conflict Resolution under the coordination of Saint Thomas University in Minneapolis, USA
This research project built consensus regarding the development of a Multidoor Courthouse System in Brazil, and involved different segments of the civil society, such as: Judges, lawyers, graduate and undergraduate teachers, business, law students, communities and NGOs.
Our president Tania Almeida was responsible for the coordination regarding dialogue facilitation between national research members, as well as for the final article organization and publication in Brazil (Multidoor Court – Investing in social capital to maximize the dispute settlement system in Brazil), which was launched by Getulio Vargas Foundation`s CEJUS and co-organized by Ada Pellegrini Grinover and Judge Kazuo Watanabe.
Member of Inter-American Development Bank research team for Promotion and Practice of Mediation and Arbitration in Brazil
In addition to having participated as an invited institution, our president Tania Almeida was member of the Coordination Committee.
Participation as didactic and pedagogical co-coordinators in the Conflict Mediation in Public Safety Project, funded by the UNDP – United Nations Development Program – in collaboration with SENASP – National Public Security Secretariat
Pilot project that took place in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and has engaged about 470 participants, among: judges, prosecutors, defenders, police corporations, community managers, judiciary technicians and voluntary conciliators.
Participation on International Biddings
In 2006, MEDIARE took part in the binding for Republic of Cape Verde`s Mediation Training program, and was ranked first place regarding the proposal.
World Bank Group
Our president, Tania Almeida, is part of a panel composed by other 5 Mediators trained by the world bank group for acting in the bank`s internal conflict resolution system in Latin America. She is responsible for the Bank`s Brazilian-based agencies and promotes dialogue facilitation and training programs.
Fostering ADR Methods in different Mediation Sectors
Socio-environmental and Public Politics
MEDIARE has offered teaching services to the COPPE-UFRJ Environment post graduation program as well as to the PETROBRAS ecosystem technicians that took part in consensus building procedures.
The coordination of monthly thematic study groups and the provision of mediation training for several private enterprise`s technical boards which perform in the interface with community stakeholders when there are environmental issues in a Project; are part of MEDIARE`s Socio-environmental and Public Politics department work spectrum.
Our president, Tania Almeida integrated a research project conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), from which she had the article Divulgación de métodos para la resolución pacífica de conflitos published on the Mediadores en Red Magazine (November 2004) – the aim was to disseminate the practice of Mediation in Latin America.
Later, in 2016 she was responsible for coordinating, in cooperation with the NGO Viva Buzios, dialogue facilitation in the“Orla Buzios Project” – which led to social pact among all community members – fishermen, villagers, trades and entrepreneurs.
Criminal Mediation – Restorative Practices
Part of a cooperation agreement with the Rio de Janeiro`s State Court, MEDIARE has a multidisciplinary team of mediators acting in the IX Especial Criminal Court and in Family Law Courts in RJ.
It also integrates CEMEAR – Rio de Janeiro`s Prosecutor’s Office Center for Mediation, Peaceful Dispute resolution Methods and Restorative System.
As of 2019, MEDIARE will initiate a new thematic study group aimed at studying Restorative Practices.
In an attempt to develop peace culture and combat violence in the school universe, MEDIARE has undertaken, through it`s school mediation monthly study group, many projects involving the development of programs for public and private schools while encouraging private companies to subsidize them through the practice of corporate social responsibility.
In 2000/2001 was responsible for developing programs in this area, supported by the Ministry of Justice, for municipal schools in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2014, has coordinated the Dialogue Ability Program for Teachers and Directors of kindergartens located in the Vidigal community in Rio de Janeiro.
Along the years of 2015 and 2016, has offered lectures and dialogue facilitation services for private schools in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2017, has housed the study of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) regarding the school mediation field.
In 2018, has promoted a workshop on School Mediation.
MEDIARE has been offering various seminars regarding theoretical contributions on Conflict Mediation to NGOs that work with community leadership. The institution`s goal is to increase in a qualitative matter, their dialogue facilitating skills.
Given that, MEDIARE`s team has created a DVD, dedicated to this matter, for the illiterate people, along with a guidebook that intend to multiply it`s subject. This project brings the sustainability mark, since aims the formation of multipliers – community stakeholders, capacitated to teach the DVD`s matter under our supervision.
In 2013, MEDIARE started promoting a theoretical Mediation training courses as well as dialogue ability development courses, in the Vidigal community in Rio de Janeiro; and between 2014 and 2017, started the practical mediation supervision of those who took part in the theoretical part of the course.
In 2018, the Institution fostered a research that aimed mapping all Community Mediation Programs existent in Brazil.
MEDIARE also holds a thematic study group on the theme.
The practice of Mediation and dialogue facilitation on family environment has been excelled trough cooperation agreements between MEDIARE and Rio de Janeiro`s State Court and Public Defendant’s Office. Before that, a 7-year cooperation agreement with the Court for infancy and youth, made it possible to develop work in this matter.
MEDIARE also holds a thematic study group regarding Mediation in Family and Succession.
Mediation and Ombudsman
MEDIARE promotes several seminars dedicated to use conflict mediation techniques on a better ombudsman practice, both in private and public sectors of society.
MEDIARE has a study group as well as other projects regarding this subject, aiming assure our Mediators to have continuing education on the matter. MEDIARE is constantly offering in company training programs both in public and private institutions.
We are inserted in the corporate world by promoting internal dialogue facilitation and mediation issues between corporations, as well as contractual matters that regards the company’s stakeholders network.
Civil and Corporate mediation has also been fostered by the practical segment of our mediation course and our student`s participation in Rio de Janeiro`s State Court cases, made possible through our cooperation agreement with them.
MEDIARE holds the regular study group on this department and was responsible for organizing the first international capacitation program on collaborative practices and family law, which took place on April 2014, in Rio de Janeiro.
The collaborative law practice implies the exclusion of litigation along with an interdisciplinary approach of conflicting issues. The number of adepts has been increasing over the years in opposition to the culture of judicilization of the daily issues and in direction of social peace, which is made possible by consensus building and mutual benefits.
In 2013, MEDIARE won the Innovare Award in the law segment for the use of Collaborative practices techniques regarding in the family law domain. It was also part of the team responsible for the coordination of the I Training program in Collaborative Practices in civil law, which took place in 2014, and ever since, MEDIARE is part of the education department of the Brazilian Collaborative Practices Institute (from which it is also co-founder) offering capacitation programs in different States.
Mediation and Technology of Information, Intellectual Property, Arts and Culture and Health
MEDIARE holds a thematic study group as well as other projects regarding all of the departments above, enabling continuing educating and fostering the Practice of Mediation.