In a world filled with conflict it is increasingly necessary to find ways to achieve a certain degree of peaceful coexistence. Interpersonal relations are, often, complicated and for this reason specialist professionals are required to bring together positions, to help different sides to understand the other’s point of view and to act as mediation experts.

To become such an expert it is necessary to develop a body of knowledge and skills. Thus, it is important to know the range of mediation and its legal and operational limits. It is also necessary for the mediator to understand the phenomenon of communication and its techniques. Finally, one must also possess knowledge of the subject of the mediation.

For these reasons the programme which we present well reflects these necessities and all from the perspective of theoretical-practical sessions which are well thought-out and balanced. Furthermore we wish to demonstrate how mediation is developing in areas as different as school mediation, mortgage mediation, penal mediation, family and business mediation.

This is evidenced by the progressive and incessant endorsement of rules making mediation an adequate and viable system for conflict resolution. Not only do we have two framework laws, one Catalonian and another at State level, which describe mediation, but also Sectorial laws such as the Family Code, the Consumer Code and the Law of Urban Leases, which invite those parties in conflict to mediate on their differences.

We are very happy in that this has been one of the first educational programmes to be endorsed by the Mediation Centre of Catalonia. Also, we are delighted to count on the partnership of the prestigious office of mediators TARC, whose headquarters are in Barcelona.

You are making an investment in the future, which will develop you as good professionals and which will enable you to be able to help rigorously, with resources and knowledge.


Sergio Nasarre Aznar (

Emma López Solé (


The Mediation Specialist Diploma successfully combines teachers from the academic area and from the professional world, mediators at local and international level, school mediators, business and property mediators; in every case, experts in mediation chosen for their professional or academic value.

The result could not be anything but dynamic classes which challenge students, which put them in extreme situations, where they feel emotions, where situations are put forward which, at first, seem unsolvable. Classes are sessions based on role-play, in the analysis of cases, all accompanied by suggested reading and classes.

This is combined with interdisciplinary rigour, essential to tackle the difficult subject matter of mediation. Despite having a considerable quantity of legal content, psychologists and social workers also participate.

All this is accompanied by practical sessions using real cases, following the model laid out by the Legal Apprenticeship Service Clinic (APS).


2013 was the first year in which students graduated from the Degree. Their activity can be monitored via their Facebook page.

Testimonials follow:

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The training we provide creates a new professional category in itself: that of mediator. This produces managers and mediators of conflict in civil, family, business, mortgage-related, educational and community arenas, in the private as well as the public sector.

However, this training additionally complements the training and development of skills of professionals in other fields, who see their occupational possibilities augmented. This is the case for lawyers and legal assessors in general, psychologists, teacher-trainers and social and professional workers in other specifically related branches.

Finally, our students can also become teachers and trainers in the field of mediation and conflictology.


The course presented here is modular. This means that to achieve the Diploma students must attend and fulfil requirements in all modules and blocks here detailed, as well as completing practical work. The Diploma is ratified by the Mediation Centre in Private Law of the Regional Government of Catalonia, which allows access to the lists of approved mediators for successful graduates.

Those students only interested in taking extension courses could study the Mediation Course in Private Law (taking all the blocks of the Mediation Module in Private Law) and the Course in Mediation in the Family Context (taking all blocks of the Mediation Module in the Family Context. These courses can be considered as refresher courses in accordance with Catalonian regulations.

The full programme can be examined here.


    Block I Techniques in conflict management

    Block II Conflict, types and levels. Analysis of conflict and ways of management.

    Block III People and their environment. Development and interaction.

    Block IV Mediation, principles, schools, design of process and the practice of mediation.

    Block V The Legal Regulation of Mediation. Catalonian, State and European Legal Framework

    Block VI Profile and skills of the mediator.

    Block VII Mediation in School Environments

    Block VIII Mediation in the Criminal System


    Block I Cohabitation in a social, community and organisational context.

    Block II Conflict and Cohabitation

    Block III The Regulation of Cohabitation in the area of private law: legal and economic aspects.

    Block IV Mediation in other areas of private law: Mediation in organisations, business mediation and mortgage-based mediation.

    Block V Practical Sessions on the management of family conflict.


    Block I Cohabitation in a social, community and organisational context

    Block II Conflict and Cohabitation

    Block III The Regulation of Cohabitiaton in the area of private law: legal and economic aspects.

    Block IV Mediation in other areas of private law: Mediation in organisations, business mediation and mortgage-based mediation.

    Block V Practical Sessions on the management of family conflict.


    Block I The family as a theme for social and relational studies

    Block II Conflict within families

    Block III The social regulation of the family: legal and economic aspects

    Block IV Mediation in family contexts

    Block V Practical Sessions on the management of family conflict.


The Diploma combines experience and professionalism in its teaching staff. A list of some of our teaching staff follows:

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar, co-director

Full Professor of Civil Law. Rovira i Virgili University

Sra. Emma Lopéz Solé, co-director

Lawyer and Mediator

Dra. Maria Carme Boqué i Torremorell

Pedagogue and Teacher. International Expert in Mediation

Ana Bozalongo Antoñanzas

Lawyer. Legal Assessor for the Association of Estate Agents, Tarragona

Dra. Blanca Deusdad Ayala

Reader in Social Work. Rovira i Virgili University

Eduard Fermín Partido

Lawyer. Legal Assessor in New Technologies

Eva Susana Fernández García

Graduate in Law, Expert in Mediation, TARC

Natàlia Ferré Giró

Graduate in Law, Founding Partner TARC

Miriam García Alconada

Information Technology Systems Engineer. Expert in Chi kung-Tai Chi

Susana Gutiérrez Martínez

Psychologist and Pedagogue, Mediator

Marta Méndez Pichot

Lawyer. Centre for Private Law Mediation of Catalonia

Encarnación Pascua Camín

Psychologist. Ministry for Employment and Social Security

Xavier Plana Virgili

Psychologist and Social Worker. Partner-Director of ÍCAM Consultancy

Artur Roman Soler

Social Worker, TARC, Expert in Mediation

Ane Miren Sierra Charola

Psychologist Expert in Mediation, Gestalt Institute, Barcelona

Dr. Héctor Simón Moreno

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Civil Law. Rovira i Virgili University

Mercedes Tarazón

Graduate in Law. International Expert in Mediation

Marta Uxó de la Yglesia

Graduate in Law, Expert in Mediation


This course is organised by the Rovira i Virgili Foundation (FURV) and designed for holders of diplomas, graduates and honours graduates, as well as professionals from the business world, from Public Administration, Social Services, Health professionals, educational centre professionals and Human Resource professionals. The annual number of students is a maximum of 20 to guarantee teaching quality. Personal interviews may be necessary for admission.

All information on the Diploma and other courses, including how to register, can be found via the following link.

To obtain more information, contact Ms. Raquel Ramos (


These are the bodies which, in one form or another, support the Diploma.