alternative dispute resolution

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
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

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
The Global Pound Conference = A Global Workshop

The Global Pound Conference = A Global Workshop

I spent the past year helping organise the Florence GPC, which took place on 9 June 2017. The experience has been inspiring and even thrilling. Above all, it has changed how I think about dispute resolution.

In order to engage different stakeholders, I often found myself explain what the GPC is, what it aims to accomplish, and how it is going about its mission.  Local institutions, speakers, chairs, potential sponsors, mediators and all the people which I have spoken to have been fascinated by the initiative, but often requiring at least 20 minutes of explanation.

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Posted by GPC Series in GPC, Introductory Guide
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

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC
The Mexico City Global Pound Conference

The Mexico City Global Pound Conference

The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17 is taking place in different locations all around the world over the next year, with the aim of facilitating the development of 21st century dispute resolution tools and finding answers to different questions in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The GPC Series, which officially launched in Singapore on 17-18 March, 2016, is set to hold the last scheduled event in London in July 2017. Over 25 countries worldwide have already committed to holding a GPC event with a total of 42 events and that number may still go up. Read more

Posted by GPC Series in GPC, News
Nelson Mandela As Negotiator: What Can We Learn From Him?

Nelson Mandela As Negotiator: What Can We Learn From Him?

This article considers how ‘the greatest negotiator of the twentieth century’, Nelson Mandela, approached negotiating the ‘unbanning’ of the African National Congress (ANC), the dismantling of apartheid, and his own freedom after 27 years of imprisonment.

He employed classically good negotiation practices in the face of intense and violent opposition while confined in prison for life. If he could be successful, why can lawyers not succeed in the same way when facing less daunting disputes?

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Posted by GPC Series in GPC, News
Chart Of Dispute Resolution Stages And Steps

Chart Of Dispute Resolution Stages And Steps

Today, because of the flexibility, adaptability and versatility of ADR, Users of dispute resolution processes have available to them a wide variety of techniques that can be used to prevent, control and resolve disputes. New techniques are constantly being developed to deal with the wide variety of potential disputes that can occur in any kind of relationship, and at any stage in the development or escalation of a problem or dispute.

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Posted by GPC Series in GPC, Introductory Guide
Pre-Dispute And Pre-Escalation Processes To Prevent Disputes: A Brief Introduction

Pre-Dispute And Pre-Escalation Processes To Prevent Disputes: A Brief Introduction

Among the dozens of dispute resolution processes that exist today, there are a number of relatively new pre-dispute and pre-escalation processes that can be used to prevent disputes before they become so intractable that they have to be dealt with through traditional ‘resolution’ processes. These processes are most effective when instituted proactively, at or near the beginning of a relationship. Read more

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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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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC