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7 Keys: Government—Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security

7 Keys: Government—Actively Support UN Resolution 1325  on Women, Peace & Security
Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building. It calls on governments to adopt a gender perspective ... Read More

7 Keys: Government—Sign, ratify and implement the Singapore Convention on Mediation

7 Keys: Government—Sign, ratify and implement the Singapore Convention on Mediation
The UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation was signed by 46 nations, including China, India and the United States on August 7, 2019. Within six months, a ... Read More

7 Keys: Government—Make mediation a prerequisite to civil litigation. Apply Buckminster’s Law

7 Keys: Government—Make mediation a prerequisite to civil litigation. Apply Buckminster’s Law
Buckminster’s Law derives from the futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller,[iv] who dedicated his life to “making the world work”. His principle: “You never change things by fighting against the ... Read More
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7 Keys: Technology—Embrace and integrate relevant new technologies

7 Keys: Technology—Embrace and integrate relevant new technologies
Much ink has been spilled on the future of mediation, and how robots may someday take over from humans. However, mediation is not an empirical science that can be reduced ... Read More

7 Keys: Technology—Take advantage of ODR’s full potential

7 Keys: Technology—Take advantage of ODR’s full potential
Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is now universal, especially since the Coronavirus pandemic began.  What was rejected as a mere theoretical concept by many experienced mediators a few weeks ago has ... Read More

7 Keys: Profession—Create a Universal Code of Disclosure

7 Keys: Profession—Create a Universal Code of Disclosure
Universal mediation standards have been a controversial issue ever since the rise of mediation as a dispute resolution process. There are several apparent reasons, perhaps chief among them the extreme ... Read More
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7 Keys: Profession—Encourage mediation and arbitration integration

7 Keys: Profession—Encourage mediation and arbitration integration
There are few givens in dispute resolution, but here are some: The preferred result in any dispute is a negotiated settlement.A skilled mediator between disputing parties adds real value to ... Read More
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7 Keys: Profession—Modernise the culture driving legal practice

7 Keys: Profession—Modernise the culture driving legal practice
Much has been done to encourage parties to prefer negotiation over litigation and arbitration. However, change has been slow in most countries. We need to step back and consider how ... Read More
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7 Keys: Profession—Act to ensure mediation is respected as a true professional practice

7 Keys: Profession—Act to ensure mediation is respected as a true professional practice
The new decade started well for mediation. In its Report entitled The Year Ahead: Developments in Global Litigation and Arbitration in 2020, Baker McKenzie ranked the increased use of mediation ... Read More
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7 Keys: Education—Train mediators to be culture-wise, not culture-blind

7 Keys: Education—Train mediators to be culture-wise, not culture-blind
Perplexed by the slow uptake of mediation in many places, is it time to wonder whether the mediation field has taken sufficient account of the centrality of culture? Do we ... Read More
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7 Keys: Education—Include learning in psychology & brain science to enhance mediator practice

7 Keys: Education—Include learning in psychology & brain science to enhance mediator practice
Mediating entails working with people in relationship. And given the nature of relationships, this means verbal and non-verbal communication, the stories people have about their world, what people believe, understand, ... Read More
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7 Keys: Education—Ensure the future through mentoring and practice programs for new mediators

7 Keys: Education—Ensure the future through mentoring and practice programs  for new mediators
Mediation is an ever-evolving field, making the journey for mediators a never-ending learning process. Practising mediators with advanced knowledge, skills and experience need to support the next generations of mediators ... Read More
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