Holbrook, Dewald in Delhi to Work with Indian Mediators

On December 1, Jim Holbrook, a clinical professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and Aaron Dewald, director of the Technology Initiative at the College, traveled to Delhi, India, for two weeks to teach two three-day-long advanced mediation skills workshops and videotape mediators at the Delhi High Court doing three Indian-themed mediation simulations.

“Aaron and I are here to help the Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre [called “Samadhan” in Hindi] to develop state-of-the-art, web-based, Indianised mediation training videos for use by Indian mediators when they teach basic and advanced mediation skills here in Delhi,” said Holbrook, a well-known mediator with extensive local, national and international experience.

This cooperation between the College of Law and Samadhan illustrates what Dean Hiram Chodosh has called “overcoming the dual capacity gap” in providing international assistance to a host country. Chodosh said, “This collaboration enables Indian mediators to create their own local analogues of Western mediation concepts and skills that are much more relevant to the Indian experience. We are very pleased and excited about what our Indian colleagues are accomplishing.”

Dewald is showing Samadhan’s mediators how to use the interactive web-based videos that he filmed in Utah when three Delhi lawyer-mediators visited the College of Law last June. Dewald said he is filming three new Indian mediation simulations in Delhi. These will be edited in Utah where interactive transcripts and explanatory pop-up videos will be added to the online versions. “This is the first-of-its-kind, bi-national, high-tech mediation education program,” said Dewald, who is in the first year of Ph.D. studies at the U’s College of Education where he is studying educational psychology and learning science.

Holbrook and Dewald will return from India on December 15.