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Collaboration is the Way Forward, says Report

Collaboration is the Way Forward, says Report

A report by Herbert Smith Freehills, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the International Mediation Institute reveals that parties want to resolve their disputes through “mixed mode dispute resolution” and collaborative processes, rather than adversarial processes like arbitration – but their combative external counsel haven’t necessarily got the message.

The report, which is to be formally unveiled tomorrow, is based on the responses of more than 4,000 participants in the Global Pound Conference series, which included 28 events held in 24 countries throughout 2016 and 2017. The participants included in-house counsel, private practice lawyers, arbitrators, arbitral institutions, academics and government officials.

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Posted by Laura in GPC, News
The Federal Bar Association’s ‘The Resolver’ Publishes Article on the GPC Series

The Federal Bar Association’s ‘The Resolver’ Publishes Article on the GPC Series

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Federal Bar Association of the United States has published a piece on the Global Pound Conference series in their Spring 2018 issue of The Resolver, highlighting lessons learned and where to go from here, especially considering the aggregate data results from all 28 Global GPCs compared to the eight North American Series events.

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Posted by Ruxandra Gheorghe in GPC, News
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 GPC, News
Launch of The Young Lawyer’s Rule

Launch of The Young Lawyer’s Rule

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices, has launched the 2018 revised Non-Administered Rules for Arbitration of Domestic and International Disputes, adding a new rule that aims to increase opportunities for junior lawyers to take a more active role in arbitration hearings.

The new “Young Lawyer Rule” empowers tribunals to encourage lead counsel to share witness examination and/or legal argument with more junior attorneys. The Young Lawyer Rule has been added under Rule 12 and reads as follows:

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Posted by Ruxandra Gheorghe in GPC, News
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 GPC, News
SVAMC Publishes Tech List

SVAMC Publishes Tech List

The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) is a non-profit institution serving the global technology sector through educational programming and related activities. The center promote sefficient and effective technology dispute resolution, which includes using arbitration and mediation to resolve business disputes. Not only are they promoting efficient and effective technology dispute resolution, but they also provide information on arbitrators and mediators. Annually, SVAMC publishes a list featuring the Worlds Leading Technology Neutrals (the Tech List). This year’s Tech List was released at the end of January, naming 49 professionals based in key markets around the globe including Silicon Valley, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney. Continue reading →

Posted by Erica Miller in GPC, News

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 GPC, News