Mediation

The PCA Signs Agreement To Facilitate Hearings In Florence

The PCA Signs Agreement To Facilitate Hearings In Florence

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague will now be able to hold hearings in the Italian city of Florence, after signing a cooperation agreement with the Florence Chamber of Commerce last month. Leonardo Bassilichi, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Hugo Siblesz, Secretary General of the PCA, attended the official signing ceremony on 29 March in Florence’s historical centre.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Arbitration, Mediation
From YMI to IMI: A Chat with Enda Young

From YMI to IMI: A Chat with Enda Young

Northern Ireland’s Enda Young was a member of the Young Mediators’ Initiative (YMI) and recently became IMI certified. We chat with him about his experiences.

What prompted you to specialise in mediation?

As a teenager growing up in Northern Ireland, I volunteered for a local peacebuilding, cross-community charity, the Spirit of Enniskillen and completed my first mediation training course with Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) through one of their programmes. As I was studying for my first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, I continued my mediation training in parallel to my formal studies and after I completed this initial degree, I went back to university to complete an MA in Theory, Culture and Identity focusing on conflict transformation.

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Posted by Ruxandra Gheorghe in Mediation, YMI
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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Posted by Petrina Ampeire in Access To Justice, Ask An Expert, Dispute Management, Mediation
ADR in South Africa: A Brief Overview

ADR in South Africa: A Brief Overview

Some of the challenges that have faced many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in the administration of justice can be attributed to the over-reliance on the courts in the resolution of all forms of disputes, even where other forms of dispute resolution would have been more appropriate. South Africa has one of the fastest developing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems in Africa. This can be partly credited to the numerous NGOs financed by donors who undertook ADR efforts throughout South Africa before the transition of government during apartheid. One of the most notable NGOs that facilitated ADR mechanisms, is the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA). Read more

Posted by Petrina Ampeire in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Mediation

What’s A Pound Worth? The Conversation Continues…

Since 2001, the Union Internationale des Avocats World Forum of Mediation Centres (UIAWFMC) has brought together the best commercial dispute resolution professionals and representatives from ADR centres around the world. Its purpose is to foster the exchange of views on the development of ADR (with a focus on mediation), enhance knowledge, consider emerging best practices and learn from other cultures. The Forum takes place every 9 months in a different international venue. Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Data Analysis, Dispute Management, Mediation
Big And Small Players  – The ADR Justice Issue

Big And Small Players – The ADR Justice Issue

In various sessions of the GPC, members of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC) Tom Howe QC of AGS, Debbie Hastings (Deputy Commissioner of Taxation) and Margaret Halsmith (Chair of Resolution Institute) noted that, whilst commercial disputes may sometimes involve very large disputes between very large disputants, they more often involve smaller disputes.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation
From Conference Series To Global Community – What’s Next For The GPC?

From Conference Series To Global Community – What’s Next For The GPC?

As the Global Pound Conference Series 2016-17 draws to a close,  it is time to take stock and consider how both the data analysis and conversations from each event might inform the future of Dispute Resolution.

As an academic, I am wary to avoid drawing conclusions before the final analysis is complete; but as contributor to the series from design to data analysis , I would like to share some of the themes I see emerging from this ambitious project.

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Posted by GPC Series in Access To Justice, ADR, Data Analysis, LOC Coverage, Mediation
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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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Arbitration, Ask An Expert, Education, Mediation
Can ODR Help To Resolve Conflict In Refugee Communities?

Can ODR Help To Resolve Conflict In Refugee Communities?

The arrival of over a million refugees in Europe and the wider region since the outbreak of war in Syria has brought human rights and migration issues into the headlines around the world. Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCR) reported that forced displacement has reached a record high globally at 65.3 million people (one person in 113).

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Posted by GPC Series in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation, ODR, Technology