Ricardo Gutierrez Padilla is a Mexican citizen with an extensive experience in public policy design, implementation, and evaluation in his native country. He has served as Vice President of the University of Guadalajara (the second largest university in the country), as member of national commissions for the design of public policies in the higher education system, and as an advisor for two national president’s task forces. Presently he is promoting the impulse of alternative dispute resolution as a way to bring people efficient access to justice-imparting procedures in Mexico, as President of Por la Gente de Bien (For the Good People; NGO). He holds a M.Sc. degree in Neurosciences, a PhD in Innovation and Technologies, and now he is a full-time graduate student (2014 Class) at Pepperdine University School of Law, in the Master of Dispute Resolution Program hosted by the Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution.
Fairness v. Neutrality(04/18/14)
Is it really possible to be completely neutral in a mediator’s role? Are there any circumstantial conditions, objective or subjective, for justifying a mediator’s intervention as to modify the evident or foreseen outcome in a more satisfactory way for an unpowered or oppressed party? The purpose of this paper is to analyze and reflect on ethical and moral questions involved in the mediation process, and the way they can be addressed by mediation professionals. The scope will go from basic definitions of ethics and morality to critically asking questions for fostering mediators to face this dilemma and make a personal decision in favor of a “laissez-fair, laissez-passer” stance or an “activist” one. In this paper, I am clearly advocating for the second one.
Understanding Faith-Based Mediation: A Multidimensional Model(03/14/14)
This paper reflects on the necessity and efficacy of a Faith-Based Mediation approach for Dispute Resolution, and intends to answer three leading questions: First, why is Faith-Based Mediation necessary for the religious communities and people? Second, what are the fundamental referents of a Faith-Based mediated process? And third, how can a Mediator be useful in Faith-Based Mediation?