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Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Lisa El Imshati

Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Lisa El Imshati

When did you first hear about the CDRC event?

The first time I heard about the CDRC was when I participated at the ICC. I had joined as a member of my university’s elective course of mediation to represent the University of Vienna in Paris. ICC was one of the best experiences and I wanted to help provide this unique feeling to those at CDRC. I was given the opportunity to be a CDRC volunteer and it was one of the best weeks of my life.

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Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Aled Davies

Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Aled Davies

What is your background, how did you get into the field?

I came into mediation via an unconventional route. As a commercial diver and budding entrepreneur I started a diamond mining company in Southern Africa but the transition from mining to mediation happened by chance when a good friend recommended I join a mediation training course in Cape Town before heading up into conflict-ridden regions of Africa. Like most who stumble into mediation, I experienced that Ah-ha moment that stayed with me throughout my time in Angola and sparked my interest in mediation when I returned to London.

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Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Jes Lothman

Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Jes Lothman

When did you first become interested in mediation?

We mediate every day—formally and informally. I have been mediating informally between divorced parents since I was young and I think this laid a foundation for my formal interests throughout the course of my education. In grade school, I volunteered to be a peer mediator and participated in my first mediation training. I can still recall early lessons on how to remain neutral. Later, during law school, I decided to pursue a certificate in ADR. I committed to studying these processes because I believe they can be more effective and efficient than using an adversarial legal system and can foster healthier relationships after a dispute.

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George Lim Discusses The New Singapore Mediation Convention

George Lim Discusses The New Singapore Mediation Convention

The final drafts for a Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements and corresponding Model Law were approved at the 51st session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on June 26 2018 and is to be adopted later this year. The Convention aims to secure the enforceability of settlement agreements resulting from mediation.

We interviewed George Lim, a Singapore-based international mediator who is part of the UNCITRAL Working Group, about the upcoming Convention.

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Ask An Expert: Anil Xavier

Ask An Expert: Anil Xavier

Anil Xavier, President of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation and practicing advocate in India, speaks about community mediation and the creation of People’s Mediation Centres (PMCs) across India.

What is community mediation and how does it work in India?

Fundamentally, community mediation is a system where neighbours help neighbours to solve problems and resolve disputes. The Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM) formulated the IIAM Community Mediation Service (IIAMCMS) with the motto “Resolving Conflicts; Promoting Harmony” designed “for the people; of the people and by the people”. The mission of IIAMCMS is to bring justice to the doorsteps of the people and provide an opportunity to participate in prevention and early intervention in conflicts as an alternative to institutional mechanisms. It is intended to promote social harmony and access to justice for the ordinary citizen in a consensual and humanistic way against the background of an adversarial system.

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Ask An Expert: Petros Zourdoumis

Ask An Expert: Petros Zourdoumis

Petros Zourdoumis, Director of ADR point and ODReurope, talks about conflict in the refugee context, access to justice issues, and the potential role of tech and ODR in providing solutions. 

Why is resolving conflict in the refugee context so important?

It is important for two main reasons. A practical one, which has to do with the operation of the refugee camp and the need to keep tensions and misunderstandings to the absolute minimum. And a substantive one, which has to do with the right of the refugees to have access to dispute resolution, which is not easy if we take into consideration the conditions they live in, the fact that they are on the move and also the fact that refugees almost in their entirety will not be willing to use courts for anything that might impair their chances of being relocated to another country.

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Ask An Expert: Rosemary Howell

Ask An Expert: Rosemary Howell

Rosemary Howell, renowned lawyer and academic and Co-Founder of Strategic Action, based in Sydney, speaks about both the international and the Australian ADR landscape, the pivotal role of education and the need for more data in the legal profession.

What is your background, how did you first get into dispute resolution?

I am a lawyer by training and background and I discovered early in my career that law was not the love of my life. A series of adventures saw me join the team setting up the postgraduate practical legal training programme in Victoria which involved significant training in educational theory and practice. I loved it and had the good fortune to be allocated the practice management segment to develop and teach. Good fortune brought an offer from the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) to run its continuing education programme and join the fledgling practice management programme which saw me consulting to 500 law firms in Australasia over three years.

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Ask An Expert: Laura Benedetto

Ask An Expert: Laura Benedetto

Laura Benedetto, Secretary General of the Florence Chamber of Commerce in Italy,  speaks about expanding the Florentine disputes landscape, international mediation and educating the legal and business community on the range of processes available.

 What made you specialise in dispute resolution?

I’ve been serving as Secretary General at the Florence Chamber of Commerce since 2011. The Florence Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and investing in ADR tools since the 1970s, when almost nobody in Italy knew these processes.

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Ask An Expert: Bill Marsh

Ask An Expert: Bill Marsh

Bill Marsh, one of the top ranked independent mediators worldwide, discusses the growth of mediation, the future of the industry and streamlining cross-border dispute resolution processes.

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Roscoe Pound Would Be Proud – Reflections On The History Of The GPC

Roscoe Pound Would Be Proud – Reflections On The History Of The GPC

Following the final GPC Series event held in London in last week, it seems timely to go back to where it all began. History informs the present and the future and, in our excitement about the significance of this ambitious project, it is important not to overlook the contribution of the memorable life of the man whose name it bears.

Roscoe Pound (1872-1964) was a remarkable man. Whilst some scholars brand him as ‘the most famous American jurisprudential thinker of the first half of the twentieth century’ and ‘the greatest twentieth century dean of the Harvard Law School’ his is hardly the name on every lawyer’s lips. Nor did he fit the mould of your average law school Dean.

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Ask An Expert: Eric De Brabandere

Ask An Expert: Eric De Brabandere

Eric De Brabandere, Professor of International Dispute Settlement at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University and Attorney-at-Law at Lexlitis Ghent, discusses legal education, international dispute settlement and the rise of international arbitration.

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Ask An Expert: Luciana Breggia

Ask An Expert: Luciana Breggia

 Judge Luciana Breggia, President of the Second Section of the Tribunal of Florence,  speaks about the development of mediation in Italy and the crucial role education can play in forging a more effective dispute resolution culture. Continue reading →

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