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New Podcast – Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

New Podcast – Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program at Harvard Law School has released the first episode of their new podcast, Thanks for Listening. Episode One is about politics around the Thanksgiving table and bridging the divide at family gatherings. Wherever you are in the world, navigating political conversations with family members can prove challenging, and an increasingly divided political climate can exacerbate these tensions further. However, there are some useful ways to help to manage these complex situations and to help people better understand the dynamic involved.

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Signing The Singapore Convention: Cross-Border Enforceability In Mediation

Signing The Singapore Convention: Cross-Border Enforceability In Mediation

Much has already been written on the upcoming United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention. Deborah Masucci and M. Salman Ravala have claimed that adoption of the Convention “signals the most credible acknowledgment of mediation as a meaningful tool to resolve cross-border commercial disputes”. Dr. Peretz Segal has highlighted the importance of party autonomy in mediation through the Convention.

In this piece, George Lim and Karl Mackie discuss the Singapore Convention. How will it benefit businesses? What will countries gain from signing the Convention? What will signing the Convention entail?

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The Singapore Convention: A First Look

The Singapore Convention: A First Look

Deborah Masucci and M. Salman Ravala reflect on the new Singapore Convention for the fall 2018 issue of NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer.

On 25th June, 2018, at its 51st session, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the U.N.’s core legal body in the field of international trade law, approved by consensus of its member States a “Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation.” It will be commonly referred to as the “Singapore Convention” upon adoption by the United Nations General Assembly and ratification by at least three member States. The official signing ceremony for the Singapore Convention is expected to be in late 2019.

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Spotlight On India: Mediation Reform And The Big Implementation Problem

Spotlight On India: Mediation Reform And The Big Implementation Problem

The mediation movement in India has had strong supporters who have tirelessly worked on setting up court-annexed centres and starting the conversation on mediation for over two decades now. India, today, has accelerated reform in the commercial dispute resolution space starting with the arbitration ordinance, bankruptcy laws on specialised tribunals and now the Commercial Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 (‘CCA’) which introduces ‘pre-institution mediation’. Continue reading →

Posted by Ishana Tripathi in GPC, News
Day 4 Of The CDRC 2018: The Finals

Day 4 Of The CDRC 2018: The Finals

Our fourth and final day here at the CDRC was certainly among the most exciting.

The day began with the semi-finals. To recap, the four negotiator teams and two mediator teams included NALSAR UniversitySingapore Management UniversityMGIMO UniversityNLSU BangaloreSOAS University of London and Marquette University.

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Day 3 Of The CDRC 2018: Winners Move Forward

Day 3 Of The CDRC 2018: Winners Move Forward

Another event-filled day at CDRC 2018. The third day of the CDRC 2018 was marked by the announcement of those who are moving forward in the round: 33 initial teams were cut down to 12 and another 6 were eliminated!

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The Importance Of Being Present

The Importance Of Being Present

According to mediator, Catherine Davidson, “to be present is to be in the moment, in the zone […].” She was co-conducting a workshop titled ‘Mediator Presence’ with her colleague Greg Bond at the 2018 Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition (CDRC) in Vienna. The participants of the workshop, all competitors, were gathering examples of what ‘presence’ contributes to a mediation session. I had snuck in to report on their progress.

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The Singapore Mediation Convention: An Overview

The Singapore Mediation Convention: An Overview

At the 51st session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on 25 June 2018, the final drafts for a Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements and the corresponding Model Law were approved. The drafts are now being referred to the Commission for adoption later this year. This is a huge step in encouraging the use of mediation on an international level, presenting it as a viable alternative to arbitration and litigation for certain disputes.

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