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Almost everything I thought I knew about Mediation was wrong!

My introduction to mediation occurred one winter day in the mid 50’s when I arrived home from elementary school and saw a television newscast covering the settlement of a labor dispute between one of the big three U.S. auto makers and the UAW. The little black and white Philco screen showed several tall men with …

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Ireland’s Mediation Adventure – A practitioner flying on “mutinous winds”

By mediators Sinéad Conneely,  Shane Dempsey, and Róisín O’Shea. In referencing Shakespeare’s The Tempest throughout this piece, we acknowledge that there has always been a “rough magic” to the practice of mediation; something elemental about the ability to bring peace in the midst of “roaring war”. Yet peace itself, can sometimes be controversial and the …

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Mediation in the Field of Business and Human Rights

Mediation in the field of business and human rights to help resolve a conflict between stakeholders/workers upstream a global supply chain and corporate actors in South East Asia with the full participation of civil society (NGOs national and international). This piece was originally published by the ABA Public Disputes and Consensus Building Committee in June …

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Queen Mary Team wins the CPR International Mediation Competition in their first-ever participation | Challenges and Key Learnings from Mediator, Counsel, Client and Coach

Mooting competitions have become a common agenda for most of the aspiring lawyers of tomorrow across the world. The usual format of such competitions, however, takes the form of mock litigation or arbitration proceedings, whereas mediation often remains terra incognita for law students who are still at the early stages of familiarizing themselves with the …

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Changing the Frame: Some Challenging Issues for Promoting Mediation

This book review was originally published on the Kluwer Mediation Blog on 28 January 2021. Anna Howard’s first book, ‘EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation: Listening to Disputants – Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes’ (published by Kluwer), is an important contribution to the literature about the practice and promotion of mediation. It deserves a wide readership …

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What’s Next for International Mediation in Europe?

7 August 2019 marked the signing of the United Nations (UN) Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation in Singapore. With its 53 signatories to date, the Singapore Convention on Mediation has proven to be a momentous one in signalling the feasibility of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution method for cross-border commercial disputes. …

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International Recognition for UK Mediation Training Course

UK Mediation has just had its ‘Mediation Practitioner’s Certificate’ course recognised as an IMI Certified Mediator Training Program. Founder Dr Mike Talbot, himself an IMI Certified Mediator, has written a piece about the value IMI recognition brings to training and assessment programs. He highlights the particular need for international recognition in the face of Brexit, …

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Building leadership in companies through transformative mediation

In 1961, President John F Kennedy visited the NASA headquarters for the first time. As he walked along, he introduced himself to a janitor mopping the floor, and asked him what he was doing. The janitor infamously replied that “I’m helping put a man on the moon!”. I’m helping put a man on the moon! …

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