The GIMARC Research Group was created with the purpose of studying alternative means for resolving disputes both traditional, such as conciliation and arbitration, as well as mediation in light of recently enacted regional and national Spanish laws (Law 7/2001, of 26 November, regulating family mediation within the Valencian Community, and Royal Decree Law 5/2012, of 5 March, concerning mediation in civil and commercial matters). This is done from an interdisciplinary perspective for addressing various diverse fields of scientific knowledge and incorporating the experience via collaboration with professionals from distinct areas who can provide contrast between theory and practice.
The GIMARC Research Group has as fundamental objectives:
1. Foster exchanges of experiences between active research groups, teachers, and professionals who contribute to the analysis of the advantages and disadvantages arising from resolving disputes by means alternative to the judicial realm: mediation, arbitration, and conciliation.
2.Promote spaces for exchanging experiences between various universities in the study of alternative means and procedures by which persons can resolve their controversies.
3. Strengthen national and international alliances for the transfer of knowledge to society and the academic community.
4. Create a permanent research seminar for the examination of mediation, arbitration, and conciliation in distinct legal areas: civil, commercial, international, labor, family, school, sports, etc.
5. Coordinate the publication of research results in journals and/or monographs.