ADR Network SA continues to contend for peace and justice for all through it’s commitment to non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution such as mediation.

Our full ADR Program is designed to up-skill trainees in general principles of mediation and arbitration with electives available in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Family and Divorce Dispute Resolution, Insurance Dispute Resolution, Consumer Matters Dispute Resolution, Credit Matters Dispute Resolution, Sectional Title Dispute Resolution, Non-Adversarial Methods and Restorative Justice in Criminal Justice and Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Dispute Resolution.

Our main program is offered via distance learning and may be completed over 12 months. Trainees are required to attend four half day seminars. The ADR Program is also offered over a period of five days in a workshop environment. Our Programs are benchmarked against national and international standards. However they also contain significant elements of our ongoing research and learnings from the practice of dispute resolution. We are currently working on a body of work in non-violent communication and have started to introduce components of this into all our programs. We also teach a culture of honour as the basis for dispute resolution, inspired by the work of Danny Silk.

We have also recently formally introduced Restorative Justice into our programs as well as systems design which teaches our trainees how to incorporate and design restorative processes within existing formal processes.

We work hard to inspire people and organizations from all sectors of society to shift from a punitive justice mindset backed by adversarial methods of dispute resolution in schools, workplaces and legal disputes to non-adversarial methods of achieving justice and ultimately restoration. Our concept of justice is broadly-speaking one in which all are restored to where they should be in the human experience.

We are  proud to announce as a joint initiative of DreamCo (Pty) LTD and ADR Network SA (Pty) LTD, the Access to Justice Foundation will soon be launched. This will be a space to:

1. Provide ongoing research, writing and speaking about non-adversarial and non-viloent methods of dispute resolution

2. Provide pro bono services to ensure Access to Justice to those who cannot afford it in Collaboration with ADR Network SA

3. Produce documentaries and other Public Service Announcements around Human Rights issues in South Africa, in collaboration with DreamCo

4. Continue Lobbying and Activism for ADR and non-adversarial processes at all levels of society

5. Protest Work in Gender Violence

6. Continue

7. Lobbying for just trade methods and for access to the economy for all. Two such initiatives will be

a) The Launch of a Range of Designer Clothing under the Access to Justice Brand Identity in Collaboration with an award-winning designer who seeks to transform exploitative practices within the clothing industry

b) Key hole garden project to set up sustainable food gardens for impoversihed families

Our next five day Program runs in Johannesburg from 24-28 June 2013

Please get in touch if you wish to attend