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A list of downloable mediation roleplays and resources for use in Mediation training. If you have developed a roleplay that you are willing to share with the IMI community, please contact us to make it available. Note: this page is due to be updated [9 May 2019].



  • Global Warming Roleplay.
    Axel and Marie-Claire got married in 1999. In 2001, they quit their jobs (they were both working for an international headhunting firm in the US) and together started a business in Luxembourg.
    Global Warming Roleplay
  • Special Chemistry“, produced by Toolkit Company, ACB Foundation (Manon Schonewille), Result ACB, and Professor Hal Abramson. An educational video with materials. Send an email to request access.

Resolution Through Mediation: Solving a Complex International Business Problem – Downloadable Study Guide

International Trademark Association and CPR Institute
Mediator: Peter Müller
This downloadable study guide accompanies the video “Resolution Through Mediation: Solving a Complex Business Problem” – which involves a business dispute between a Russian distillery and an American manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic beverages.
For more information, please contact CPR (

This video involves a business dispute between a Russian distillery and an American manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic beverages. Allegations of unfair trade practices, trademark and trade dress infringements and bad faith pirating dominate the dispute. The video uses an actual INTA mediator and INTA members as talent, and was first shown at INTA’s 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The video also features an accompanying downloadable study guide. CPR is the copyright owner and has agreed to make this video freely available for non-commercial use. However, where the video is shown to paying audiences (e.g. in a training program or a conference where delegates pay to be present) CPR asks for a broadcast license fee. For more information, please contact CPR ( The video is also available from CPR in DVD format.

Time: 40-minute duration.

Canadian Archery & The Angry Neighbours

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade, Canada 

Written by Allan Stitt and Michael Gibson, produced by Zapdramatic

The art and science of mediation using interactive simulations. Participate in simulated disputes between an athlete and his association and between two angry neighbours. These videos give the opportunity to intervene as a mediator in two disputes, guiding the disputants towards resolution in a safe, simulated environment.

The benefit of simulated experiences is that failure doesn’t mean a life-destroying professional disgrace. The learner gains the wisdom to recognize the traps and make better, more effective choices.

Create a Peer Mediation role-play using 1 of 11 ideas (7 pages)
AND fill-in-the-blank Peer Mediation 9-page script

By Debbie Dunn

How to conduct a Peer Mediation program in your school

By Debbie Dunn

Peer Mediation – Step-by-Step Process

By Debbie Dunn

Peer Mediation Contract (Free PDF Download)

By Debbie Dunn

The Roleplay Book (2nd Edition).

Mennonite Conciliation Services (MCS). Edited by Ron Mock.
41 Hypothetical Situations.

Hypothetical Mediation Scenario

National Paralegal College.

“The following hypothetical is intended to serve as an example of a conflict which is resolved through mediation. Much of the case is over-simplified, and issues which do not directly concern us in this course are glossed over entirely in an effort to provide an easily understood illustration of mediation at work.”

Basic Mediation Training – Trainers’ Manual – Part 2 – Slides and Scenarios

Carol Orme-Johnson and Mark Cason-Snow, Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT).
copyright [email protected], Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2002

Online Roleplay Development Tools

Australian Universities Teaching Committee 
Wills, S. & Ip, A. (2002). 
enRole, Research, React, Resolve, Reflect: Developing and using online role play learning designs.
Retrieved April 9, 2013, from Learning Designs Web site:

Conflict Management in Higher Education Report

Each issue features a role-play for use in campus mediation training or inservice sessions.


Videos oriented toward Campus Mediation Training

Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiation – The Clearinghouse

Mediation Roleplay Simulations

“More than 200 role-play simulations are available through the Program on Negotiation Clearinghouse. These put participants in hypothetical situations and challenge them to deliberate and make decisions in new and different ways. Role-play simulations foster both individual and collective learning that can be transferred to “real world” situations. They also provide safe and flexible settings for experimentation.”

Below is a listing of the mediation roleplays available.
To visit the library of PON roleplay simulations, click here

Amending Approval for the Storyville Pulp and Paper Mill

Consensus Building Institute and Alberta Environmental Appeal Board
“Mediation of a three-party dispute among a paper mill, a community group, and an environmental regulatory agency over the paper mill’s air pollution permit.”

Arms Control on Cobia

By P. Terrance Hopmann
“Multi-issue arms control negotiation among representatives of eight fictional countries.”

Carson Extension – Mediated Version

Holly Goo and Lawrence Susskind
“Seven-person, three-issue mediation among a landowner and representatives of an engineering firm, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, town council, and environmental interests over cost and timing of removal of an unauthorized extension of property into a river.”

Case of the Puerile Printer

Albie Davis and Ericka Gray
“Six-party mediation with employees, employer, and legal counsel over the contested result of a sexual harassment grievance procedure.”

Construction in Bunyonville

Bruce Patton
“Six-person, multi-issue mediation between two construction company representatives and two neighborhood residents over a construction project’s safety and noise issues; mediated by two representatives of the bank financing the construction.”

Dioxin: Waste to Energy Game

Denise Madigan, Steve Foster, and Lawrence Susskind
“Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among four scientists, a city representative, and an environmentalist to develop the city’s solid waste management strategy; also known as: Dioxin: Resource Recovery.”

Dirty Laundry

Pat Aaron
“Three-person mediated small-claims dispute between a dry cleaning business and a customer over compensation for torn shirts.”

Drug Testing in the Workplace

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Roger Winthrop
“Three-person employment mediation between a truck driver and his company’s personnel director, mediated by an Employee Assistance Program representative, regarding a positive drug test; a four-person version also includes a union representative.”

Ellis v. MacroB

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
“5-person nonscorable mediation between an employee and his/her corporate employer regarding potentially conflicting values and interests around issues of homosexuality and religious faith.”

Gator v. City of Quincy

Karen Falkenstein Green
“Three-person small-claims mediation between a motorist and a city attorney regarding liability for damage to the motorist’s automobile due to a pothole.”

Global Management of Organochlorines

Lawrence Susskind, Sarah McKearnan, Mike Gordon, Adil Najam, Joshua Secunda, Granville Sewell, Parag Shah and Andrea Strimling
“Thirteen-person, multi-issue facilitated negotiation among eight country representatives, four NGO representatives, and a working group chairperson must draft a treaty aimed at reducing harmful organochlorines; also known as “Chlorine Game”.”

Humboldt – Mediating a Regional Development Dispute

Lawrence Susskind
“Eight-person, multi-issue mediation among regional government, environmental, development, and business interests regarding environmental and economic tradeoffs and ethical issues in the development of a manufacturing plant.”

John & Mary

James Lawrence

“Five- or six-person mediation between manufacturing company management and a former employee (and their respective counsel) regarding the employee’s departure amid allegations of sexual harassment; optional extra role for manager accused of harassment.”

Juvenile Justice Restorative Circle

David Baharvar under the supervision of Robert C. Bordone
“Six- or eight-party mediated restorative justice circle among juvenile offender, offender’s parent, victim, community member, facilitators supporting each side, and one or two mediators, regarding a juvenile shoplifting incident.”

Managing Growth in Rockville

Armand Ciccarelli and Lawrence Susskind
“Seven-person, multi-issue mediation among business, planning, environmental, and agricultural interests regarding growth management and comprehensive planning.”

Neighborhood Care, Inc.

Lawrence Susskind and Bruce Patton
“Two-party negotiation or mediation between church and neighborhood representatives over the possible use of church facilities for services for the mentally challenged.”

Rosenberg v. Lincoln Landscaping

Pat Aaron
“Three-person small claims mediation between a landscaping company and its client over a disputed bill and quality of service.”

Seoul Food in Urbana

David Eun and Bruce Patton
“Three-person mediation involving representatives of local Korean and African-American communities over racial tensions arising from an alleged shoplifting incident; a city representative serves as the mediator.”

Springfield OutFest

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
“This is a six-person, non-scorable negotiation simulation focused on mediating values-based legal disputes, specifically disputes involving conflicting views and values regarding homosexuality and religious faith.”

Summitville Service Agreement

Patrick Field and Tracy Dyke
“A two-team (four-party), co-mediated, multi-issue negotiation simulation involving a bitter property tax dispute between a small town and an Indian band living on a nearby reservation.”

Trademore Personnel

Lawrence Susskind and Bruce Patton
“Three-person, integrative, facilitated negotiation with two department heads and a Human Resources observer/facilitator regarding the possible transfer of an employee from one department to the other.”

Tucker Graphics, Inc. and Nihon Ichiban Technology

Sean Cote under the supervision of Abram Chayes and Antonia Handler Chayes
“Three-person mediated or arbitrated settlement conference regarding a contract dispute between a U.S.-based graphics firm and a Japanese digital printer manufacturer.”

Tulia and Ibad

William Ury, Ibrahim Ibrahim and Roger Fisher
“Three-team, multi-issue mediation involving two or more representatives each of the country of Tulia, the country of Ibad, and the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) regarding a cease-fire between the two warring countries.”

Water on the West Bank

Susan Podziba and Lawrence Susskind
“Seven-person, four-issue mediation among three Israeli water authority and regional representatives and three Palestinian water authority and political representatives over plans to drill a new well on the West Bank.”

Westville – Mediation Strategies in Community Planning

John Forester and David Stitzel
“Three-person, three-issue, integrative, scoreable mediation among representatives of a homelessness task force and a neighborhood group, mediated by a planning department representative, over the terms of a proposed homeless shelter in their suburban town.”

Williams v. Northville

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
“5-person, non-scorable mediation between a school principal and a parent (with attorneys) regarding a values-based dispute over classroom discussions and materials addressing same-sex couples and their families.”

Woodstove New Source Performance Standard – A negotiated rule-making exercise

Steven Maser
“Five- or six-person, multi-issue, facilitated negotiation among federal agency, state government, environmental, and industry representatives over the regulation of woodstove emissions; optional sixth role for industry association counsel.”

MATA Mediation Case Studies

Case studies from real mediations.

Mediation and Training Alternatives (MATA) have compiled a list of downloadable case studies, that may be used on the understanding that MATA is given clear attribution.

Confidential information sheets accompany each case study. These are available on request (and a nominal contribution to charity).

For further information, and to download the case studies, click here

Effective Dispute Solutions Mediation Services – Case Studies

Effective Dispute Solutions Mediation Services list a variety of case studies of recently resolved disputes on their website. Names have been changed to observe confidentiality.

For further information, click here