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Advice for Negotiators: A Conversation with Tim Cullen

After a conversation I had with Tim Cullen MBE, director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation at the University of Oxford’s the Saïd Business School, I understood that a negotiation process can be divided into three different phases: the preparation, the negotiation itself, and the outcome. The first one includes the time prior to the …

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Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Aled Davies

What is your background, how did you get into the field? I came into mediation via an unconventional route. As a commercial diver and budding entrepreneur I started a diamond mining company in Southern Africa but the transition from mining to mediation happened by chance when a good friend recommended I join a mediation training …

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Ask An Expert, CDRC 2018 Edition: Jes Lothman

When did you first become interested in mediation? We mediate every day—formally and informally. I have been mediating informally between divorced parents since I was young and I think this laid a foundation for my formal interests throughout the course of my education. In grade school, I volunteered to be a peer mediator and participated …

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George Lim Discusses The New Singapore Mediation Convention

The final drafts for a Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements and corresponding Model Law were approved at the 51st session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on June 26 2018 and is to be adopted later this year. The Convention aims to secure the enforceability of settlement agreements resulting from mediation. We interviewed …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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