I am a qualified Solicitor, accredited Mediator and Senior Lecturer in Law. I am the founder of the University’s Mediation Clinic, the first to be based in a UK university and am currently Director of the CLOCK in Kent Community Legal Companion Project.
Having joined academia from private legal practice, I have brought with me extensive experience of general civil litigation including effective practical negotiation skills in the area of dispute resolution. Since becoming a mediator I have conducted over 40 mediations.
My practical expertise is underpinned with a sound understanding of negotiation and mediation theory. I have published in peer reviewed journals, presented papers on mediation and legal education/pedagogy at conference and have a research interest in civll justice and experiential learning.
I have a Masters Degree in Educational Studies and an interest in legal education led to my appointment as the Learning Resources Reviews Editor of The Law Teacher; The International Journal of Legal Education, a peer reviewed Law journal published quarterly by Routledge with a global readership circulation to over 2,300 institutions.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and as well as a Masters Degree, I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (UWE Bristol), BA (Hons) Degree in History & Education (Surrey) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and National Teaching Fellow nominee.
Through my interest in experiential approaches to legal education, I am responsible for extra-curricular student competitions and provide regular negotiation and mediation workshops, preparing students for national Law student competitions. I am currently working on an 'Access to Justice' community outreach research project which trains Law students to act as Community Legal Companions at the local law courts.
In 2016 I was recipient of the University Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation.
Research and knowledge exchange
During the Spring Semester 2013, I was a visiting scholar on the University of Pennsylvania Law School's International Research Scholar Program; https://www.law.upenn.edu/international/visitors/scholars.php.
As part of my postgraduate studies, I have engaged in research into students' perceptions of the efficacy of role-play simulation as a means of studying mediation.
Successful funding bids have included;
2016 - HEIF Research internship (£2,500) - A Study into the Destination of Law Leavers.
2014-15 - RED Research Internships (£5,000) - An Analysis of Local & Regional Solicitors’ Attitudes to and Use of Mediation.
2014 - HEIF4 Funding (£2,000) for the exploration of partnerships with local companies for workplace mediation at Sandwich Discovery Park.
2010-11 - HEIF4 Funding (£20,000) - for development of the Mediation Clinic Project 2010.
2009 - Nuffield Foundation: Social Science Small Grant Award (£7450), assisted S Tong with a successful application to fund an evaluation into adult prison victim/offender RJ mediation.
2007-09 - RIT Funding: "Research In Teaching" funding (£18,000) for establishing the Mediation Clinic Project.
Teaching and subject expertise
I have extensive practical legal knowledge and being a non-practising Solicitor, I am a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. I am supportive of socio-critical legal education and through an interest in experiential teaching and learning approaches I have developed the innovative dispute resolution curriculum as a defined pathway within the LLB Law Degree, for which I was awarded the presigious UTEA (Innovation) 2016.
Some of my committee, networking and organisational affiliations, are as follows:
- Editorial Board Member and Learning Resources & Reviews Editor: The Law Teacher (peer reviewed Law journal published quartley by Routledge);
- Board Member: Academic Committee Civil Mediation Council;
- Trustee and Chair: Canterbury & District Mediation Service;
- Board Member: Kent Dispute Resolution Network (co-founding member);
- National Mediation Providers Association (institutional membership rep);
- Board Member and Chair: UK Student Mediation Competition.
Academic Responsibility for the following undergraduate modules;
- Introduction to Dispute Resolution (BA/BSc Scheme) 2013 –
- Theory of Dispute Resolution (BA/BSc Scheme) 2007 –
- Civil & Commercial Mediation (BA/BSc Scheme) 2011 –
- Law of Tort (BA/BSc Scheme) 2010-2012
- Community Conflict Resolution (BA/BSc Scheme) 2010
- English Legal System (BA/BSc Scheme) 2008-2012
- Practice of Dispute Resolution (BA/BSc Scheme) 2008-2010
- The Individual in Relation to Crime & Justice (BA/BSc Scheme) 2008-10
- Introduction to Law (BA/BSc Scheme) 2006-08
- Introduction to Law (Policing) 2005-08
- FI & Criminal Justice System (BA/BSc Scheme) 2006-08
- Introduction to Law (BA/BSc Scheme) 2006-08
- Introduction to Law (Policing) 2005-08
External Examining Responsibilities:
- University of Gloucestershire - LLB Law;
- University of Strathclyde - LLM/MSc Mediation & Conflict Resolution.
Waters, B D, Paper; The Value of Community Participation from the Perspective of Law School Undergraduates involved as Community Legal Companions, presented at the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education/Clinical Legal Education Organisation Conference, Northumbria University, (July, 2017).
Waters, B D, Paper; The Role of Mediation in Domestic and International Dispute Settlement, presented at the Contemporary International Law Issues in Context, Law Summer Conference, CCCU, (20th and 21st June 2017).
Waters, B D, with Ashton J, Paper; Situated Learning through the CLOCK Community Legal Companion Scheme Project, presented at the Association of Law Teachers Conference, University of Portsmouth, (April 2017).
Waters, B D, Presentation; CLOCK in Kent - The Community Legal Companion Scheme at Canterbury Combined Court, Kent Family Justice Board Conference, Maidstone, (November 2016).
Waters, B D, Paper; The Importance of Teaching Dispute Resolution In a 21st Century Law School, presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association of Law Teachers, Cardiff, (March, 2015).
Waters, B D, Paper; The Role of the Mediation Clinic, presented at Inter-Faculty Staff Conference, CCCU with Rosamund R, Making Intelligent Citizens: the University, Public Service and the Community, (July 2013).
Waters, B D, Presentation; Kent 20/20 Vision Event, Business Exhibition and Conference, Mediation & Your Business, (April, 2012).
Waters, B D, Paper; The Mediation Clinic Project, presented at the Adventures in Learning and Teaching, Inter-Faculty Conference, CCCU, (April, 2009).
Waters, B D, Paper; ‘How a Mediation Clinic Can Inform the Curriculum’, presented at the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education/Clinical Legal Education Organisation Conference, Cork University, (July, 2008).
Waters, B D, Paper; The Mediation Clinic Project An RIT Funded Initiative; Paper presented at Canterbury Christ Church University Inter-Faculty Conference (April, 2008).
Waters, B D, Presentation; Why a Mediation Clinic? Mediation Clinic Launch, Canterbury Christ Church University, (November, 2007).
Waters, B. D, Paper with Cohen, C, and Phipps, J: ‘Diversity, Policing and Alternative Dispute Resolution’, presented at the Education and Extremism Conference at Roehampton University, (July, 2007).
Publications and research outputs
Waters B. D., Co-Author/Editor, 4th Edition, ADR Practice & Procedure by Brown & Marriott, (Sweet & Maxwell), (forthcoming); http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/Catalogue/ProductDetails.aspx?productid=432142&recordid=4552
Waters B.D., and Ashton J, A Study into Situated Learning through Community Legal Companionship, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, (forthcoming).
Waters B. D. et al, Mediating Serious Crime with Institutional Affiliation, (unpublished): http://create.canterbury.ac.uk/14185/
Waters B. D., The Importance of Teaching Dispute Resolution in a 21st Century Law School, The Law Teacher, 51.2 (2017): 227-248; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03069400.2016.1162069
Waters B. D. (2017), Mediation Law: Journey through Institutionalism to Juridification, by Penny Brooker, (Routledge, 2013) Review for Mediation Theory & Practice, Volume 1, No. 2, 2017; https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/MTP/article/view/31232/pdf
Waters B.D. Research Supervision with Gordon-Bouvier E and Siliafis K; A Study into the Destination of Law Leavers (2016): http://create.canterbury.ac.uk/15811/
Waters B. D., A Part to Play; The Value of Role-Play in the Undergraduate Law Curriculum, The Law Teacher 50.2 (2016), 172-194; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03069400.2016.1162404
Waters B. D., ‘Mediation’, in Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning, Hanson S. (ed.), (Routledge, 2015); https://www.routledge.com/Learning-Legal-Skills-and-Reasoning-4th-Edition/Hanson/p/book/9780415830195
Waters B. D., Woodroffe & Lowe’s Consumer Law & Practice, (Sweet & Maxwell, 2013, 9th Edition), Review: The Law Teacher, 49:2, 221-223, (2014); http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03069400.2014.914742
Waters B. D., Widening Participation in Higher Education: The Legacy for Legal Education, The Law Teacher, 47:2 (2013), 261-269; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03069400.2013.790153
Waters B. D., ‘Mediation and Experiential Learning’, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Autumn 2011, 90-95. http://www.northumbriajournals.co.uk/index.php/ijcle/article/viewFile/48/52
Waters B. D., ‘The Legal Issues Relating to Infection Control’, in ‘Infection Control: A psychosocial approach to changing practice’, by Elliott, P. (Radcliffe, 2009); https://www.crcpress.com/Infection-Control-A-Psychosocial-Approach-to-Changing-Practice/Elliott/p/book/9781857756128
Waters B. D. and Raznovich L.; ‘How a Mediation Clinic Can Inform the Curriculum’, (Oct 2009), open source; http://works.bepress.com/leonardo_raznovich/3.
Waters B. D. and Raznovich, L.; ‘A Research in Teaching Mediation Clinic’, Research Informed Teaching: Learning in Research Mode, Graham-Matheson, L. (ed.) CCCU (2008); https://cccutel.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/research-informed-teaching_book.pdf
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