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Ask An Expert: John Sturrock QC

Ask An Expert: John Sturrock QC

John Sturrock QC discusses life as a mediator, the importance of an effective cross-cultural dialogue and key challenges facing mediation today.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Scot, happily married to Fiona with three outstanding children, all making their way in the world at the ages of 27, 25 and 22. Each has undertaken a bit of mediation training with me and seem to have more skills in problem-solving than I ever had! I have had a varied and exciting career.

I studied law in Edinburgh and Philadelphia and then went to the Scottish Bar in 1986, where I was fortunate to develop a really interesting practice in civil work. I even made it to the House of Lords! In the mid-90s, I had my first career change, taking on the role as inaugural Director of Training and Education at the Scottish Bar where we created a world-leading advocacy skills programme. During that time, I also studied negotiation at Harvard and trained as a mediator. These really opened my eyes to a different way of doing things. Read more

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Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

Eric Z. Chang, Founder and Principal of LA-based Chang Law, speaks about key topics in international arbitration and the future of dispute resolution.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As counsel, I am a provider of dispute resolution. Although I act primarily in a counsel role, as with many practitioners in the international arbitration community, I also accept appointments as arbitrator.

My particular focus is on commercial international arbitration, and investor-state arbitration. I specialised in international arbitration because it is the pre-eminent dispute resolution mechanism in international transactions and international investment. International arbitration borrows from both civil law and common law concepts and practices, and clients from different legal systems also have different concepts of how dispute resolutions should be resolved. Read more

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Ask An Expert: S.I. Strong

Ask An Expert: S.I. Strong

S.I. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri and an international commercial arbitration specialist, speaks about her career and discusses the rise of international commercial mediation and the increase in multiparty arbitration.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As a full-time law professor and arbitrator, I would categorise myself as primarily an advisor.

I got involved in international dispute resolution my first year in practice in New York – I was very interested in private international and comparative law, but I didn’t want to go into transactional practice. My firm became involved in what was then the largest ICC (International Chamber Commerce) arbitration in history, and I had the opportunity to see how complex international arbitration was. From that moment, I was hooked.

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Ask An Expert: Babatunde Ajibade

Ask An Expert: Babatunde Ajibade

Lagos-based disputes lawyer, Babatunde Ajibade SAN, partner at SPA Ajibade, discusses the increasing complexity of commercial disputes and the importance of effective communication in the field of dispute resolution. 

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

My current role in dispute resolution is more often than not as counsel, either in litigation or in arbitration. I have sat as a sole arbitrator once and I’m looking to develop that aspect of my practice further, but for now my predominant experience is as counsel. So, I would describe myself as an advisor.

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