Mediation

The London GPC – Time For Change

marlon-maya-44935.jpgLast week’s London event marked the grand finale of the GPC Series, which has taken place on six continents and 29 cities since April 2016, collecting groundbreaking data on the behaviour and perceptions of stakeholders in dispute resolution across the globe. Taking place in the historical Guildhall building, built upon centuries of ‘dispute resolution’ above the Roman amphitheatre – where conflict was perhaps resolved in a more brutal way than today.

The event began with an introduction by online dispute resolution advocate Lord Justice Briggs, who has consistently pushed for technological reforms in the courts of England and Wales, especially in regards to resolving disputes. In addition Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London (Mayor of the City of London), gave a moving speech on London’s rich multicultural history – stating that London will remain a global city and an international hub for the legal community undeterred by Brexit.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Dispute Management, Education, LOC Coverage, Mediation, Negotiation, Technology

Lawyers As Mediators In Brazil – To Be Or Not To Be?

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Brazil has come a long way until it finally managed to get its first mediation law into force. The year of 2004 saw the beginnings of judicial reform, in 2010 the Ordinance No. 125 created the national judicial policy for handling conflicts of interest, seeking to ensure everyone the right to resolve disputes by suitable means. The legislation made it quite clear that it was also the responsibility of the judicial branch – not only via a resolution awarded by judicial decision – to afford other mechanisms for the resolution of conflicts.

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Posted by Andrea Maia in ADR, Mediation

The Global Pound Conference = A Global Workshop

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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 Chiara Tondini in Introductory Guide, Mediation

As An Expert: Ethan Katsh

Ethan KatshOnline dispute resolution pioneer and Director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, Ethan Katsh, speaks about the emergence of ODR, technology and access to justice.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, Mediation

GPC Hong Kong – A Mandate For Change

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The Global Pound Conference event in Hong Kong saw over 200 delegates assemble to identify trends and cultural preferences in commercial dispute resolution. Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Chief Justice and Solicitor General headlined the conference, underlining the government and judiciary’s high engagement with the initiative.

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Posted by Anita Phillips in ADR, Data Analysis, LOC Coverage, Mediation

How To Kick-Start Civil Mediation: The Italian Experience

The year of 2016 scored the highest number (20,237) of civil mediation agreements ever reached in Italy. But with a rate of success of 11%, much lower than in 2011 (16%). What could be the possible reasons for this?

Mediation belongs to the Italian juridical tradition. After the Italian state was founded in 1861, the heading of the introductory seven articles of the first Civil Procedure Code (1865) was “conciliation”. In 1880 the Justices of Peace issued the 70% of all sentences delivered in Italy. However the totalitarian regime, instated during the Fascist period (1922 – 1943), disapproved of conflict resolution reached by private citizens and insisted these issues must be settled by judges. Although the 1941 Civil Procedure Code provided the possibility of conciliation managed by the judge in the pre-trial hearings, this was purely a formality. As a consequence, mediation was forgotten. Read more

Posted by Giovanni Matteucci in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation

A Week In Paris

pedro-lastra-159224Each conference in the GPC Series is unique. The GPC Paris, to be held on 26 April, is a major francophone event with a distinct local and international flavour and, as the title Le Règlement des différends à l’horizon 2050 suggests, is provocatively forward-looking. Continue reading →

Posted by Gillian Carmichael Lemaire

Advocating Alternative Political Resolution

European Parliament 3I proposed the idea of alternative political resolution (APR) in a 2015 blog post about potential future developments in mediation. Now I’d like to explore the idea in more detail in light of the Global Pound Conference Series and related discussions about shaping the future of dispute resolution. I imagine APR as a process by which politicians with different views engage with each other, confidentially, with the help of an impartial third party, and work out policy or legislation solutions that satisfy all sides of the political debate. Read more

Posted by Alex Azarov in Mediation, Negotiation

MediatorTV: Episode 7

 

In their latest video episode, Professor Nadja Alexander and Aled Davies report from Edinburgh at Mediate 2016 – the Scottish Mediation Network‘s annual conference. Where they learn about a different kind of community mediation in a global village with the World Bank Group urging India and Pakistan to mediate over a water dispute. Continue reading →

Posted by Mediator Academy in Mediation, MediatorTV, Negotiation