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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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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Arbitration, Ask An Expert, Education, Mediation
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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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Ask An Expert, Dispute Management, Mediation
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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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Arbitration, Ask An Expert, Education
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 →

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert
As An Expert: Ethan Katsh

As An Expert: Ethan Katsh

Online dispute resolution pioneer and Director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, Ethan Katsh, speaks about the emergence of ODR, technology and access to justice.

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Ask An Expert: Colin Rule

Ask An Expert: Colin Rule

Colin Rule, Vice President of Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies, in Silicon Valley, discusses education, technology and providing better access to justice online.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert, ODR, Technology
Ask An Expert: Mark Appel

Ask An Expert: Mark Appel

Mark Appel, an independent international Arbitrator, Mediator, Consultant and Trainer, discusses online dispute resolution (ODR), cybersecurity and the impact of technology on the dispute resolution process.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert, ODR, Technology
Ask An Expert: Claudia Winkler

Ask An Expert: Claudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler, Negotiation Trainer and the Director of the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna Mediation and Negotiation Competition, discusses legal education, the future of ADR and the importance of negotiation skills in transforming the culture of dispute resolution.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As a negotiation trainer, mainly being called for in-house trainings in law firms, I see myself in the role of a provider. For my client-communication coaching I also take the role of an advisor and coach to lawyers.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Ask An Expert, Negotiation