Conflict Leadership

Michael Leathes In early 2009, a dozen General Counsel of international companies co-authored an article entitled The Perfect Storm.  The factors feeding the storm were cited as economic and financial turmoil, the drive by corporate law departments for greater control over outcomes, and new Information and Communication Technology capabilities.  The authors predicted that energy generated by …

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Can Mediation Evolve into a Global Profession?

This year, 2009, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose theory about how change occurs over time in organisms has had an impact far beyond the biological sciences. Variations on Darwin’s theory of evolution through the process of natural selection are used to explain how changes occur in the formation of …

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Focus on IMI at the 12th UIA World Forum of Mediation Centers

The World Forum of Mediation Centers was created in 2001 by the Mediation Commission of the UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats (International Attorneys Association). The aim of the Forum is to bring together the most important mediation centers from around the world, offering an occasion to exchange views, information and practices and to collaborate …

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Melding Corporate Social Responsibility and Mediation – A New Interactive Resource On Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

On 6 January 2009, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, announced the launch of BASESwiki: a new on-line resource that aims to advance awareness about the non-judicial mechanisms available around the world to help companies and their (non-commercial) external stakeholders resolve disputes. BASES – Business and Society Exploring …

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The Mediator Directory opens online search engine of UK Mediators

The publisher of The Mediator Magazine has created an online Mediator Directory. The Directory currently carries the resumés of over 70 UK mediators and these are fully searchable by anyone who registers on the site. The cost to a mediator of featuring a resumé on the site is £120 per annum and searches are free of charge. …

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UK’s CMC Publishes Draft Registration Schemes for Mediators and Provider Bodies

The Civil Mediation Council (CMC) in London has published for comment draft schemes for registering mediators and mediation provider organizations. The CMC is a non-profit entity established in 2003 at the collaborative instigation of leading mediation providers and practitioners, professional institutions, practitioners and the Ministry of Justice. It’s main object is to “create a culture …

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Changes to the IMI Board and Independent Standards Commission

In line with IMI practice to rotate the Board Chair each year, Wolf von Kumberg of Northrop Grumman Corporation, who has served as the IMI Board Chair throughout 2008, will step down as Chair but remain a member of the IMI Board.  Michael McIlwrath, Senior Counsel – Litigation, GE Oil & Gas, who currently serves …

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CEDR Awards for Excellence in ADR – Innovation & International

MICHAEL MCILWRATH of General Electric, joint Vice-Chair of the IMI Independent Standards Commission, won the 2008 CEDR Award for Excellence in the Innovations Category for his International Dispute Negotiation podcasts which were judged to provide thought-provoking content on important issues for the ADR community. To access the podcasts on mediation please click here. The CEDR …

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IMI Presented at the 9th biennial Australian National Mediation Conference in Perth, September 9-12, 2008

Irena Vanenkova outlined the upcoming IMI mediator competency certification scheme at a plenary session of the Australian National Mediation Conference, the first to be held since Australia introduced National Mediation Standards on January 1st 2008. To download the presentation slides, please click here. In his comments closing the Conference, Hon. Justice Murray Kellam AO, Chair of …

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