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03/01/2015

Mediator’s death, Army clashes will not affect swap deal

The sudden death of a secret middleman helping to secure the release of 25 Lebanese servicemen held hostage by Islamist militants on the Syria border and the Lebanese Army’s offensive against militants nestled in the hills on the country’s northeastern border with Syria will not affect negotiations on a swap deal, a senior security source told The Daily Star Thursday.


India: An alternative to legal woes

The author talks to the people from the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution who strive to make mediation more accessible


Courts aren’t always best place to resolve disputes

Mediators are embracing new technology, says Graham Boyack. In today's world so much of what we do is increasingly done either on the telephone or online and that’s now beginning to happen with mediation too. In today’s justice system there are a number of good reasons to look at online dispute resolution. I’ll look at those reasons, how mediation online works and what needs to be done for it to happen.


Mediator an acceptable cost for productivity

That is too much taxpayer money at stake not to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. If $6,000 is what it takes, then stacked against $43.5 million, it seems like an acceptable cost for a better guarantee of productivity.


Editorial: Mediation brings the right result to human rights complaints

Resolving human rights complaints in this province once took years, and often involved ugly legal battles and plenty of ill feeling. Before the province's Human Rights Code was amended in 2011, it took an average of four years to settle complaints through a slow and often-combative tribunal system. Since then, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has focused on mediation, resulting in many complaints being resolved in weeks or a few months at most.


South Dakota Senate OKs adding drainage mediation

South Dakota should offer mediation services for landowners who are in drainage disputes, the state Senate decided Wednesday. Senators voted 32-2 for the legislation. Senate Bill 3 now goes to the House of Representatives. The mediation program would be operated with the state Department of Agriculture. The participants would pay for services.


Can Atheistic China Play Conflict Mediator in ‘God’s Century’?

In 2013 China shifted its principle of “non-interference in other countries” to one of active conflict resolution in some of the world’s most intractable contexts: Israel-Palestine, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. This shift reflects a growing confidence, certainly a growing need for China to be more globally engaged. But while it may be a welcome foray, its success will be muted at best unless China can overcome one major blind spot: religion.


Do We Need a New York Convention for Mediation/Conciliation?

The 1958 United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention) is viewed by many as one of the most (if not the most) successful commercial treaties to which the United States has become a party. To date, 154 countries have signed the New York Convention. With this backdrop in mind, in July 2014 the United States submitted a proposal to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II that it develop a convention on the enforcement of conciliated settlement agreements for international commercial disputes. In February 2015, UNCITRAL Working Group II held meetings in New York, where it considered this proposal with the goal of reporting to UNCITRAL on whether such a project was feasible.


Alleged Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein Claims To Be Mafia Mediator

In an undercover video played at his federal kidnapping and extortion trial in Trenton, New Jersey Monday, Rabbi Mendel Epstein is seen telling undercover FBI agents that he works as a mediator in disputes with the Mafia, the New York Daily News reported. Epstein and three co-defendants, including his son and two other haredi rabbis, are charged in a kidnap-for-hire scheme meant to force recalcitrant husbands to issue their wives a Jewish bill of divorce known as a “get.” Among Epstein’s tools to achieve that aim was allegedly an electric cattle prod, earning him the moniker “The Prodfather” from New York City tabloids.

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Jeffrey Grubman
Why are Attorneys Afraid of Conflict in Mediation? (1/09/15)
Jeffrey Grubman
The mediation process has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Mediation was initially viewed skeptically by trial attorneys who viewed themselves as warriors who preferred to try cases rather than settle them.

Maria Eugenia Sole
Violencia Familiar y ODR - Video en Espanol (1/07/15)
Maria Eugenia Sole
¿Cómo podemos definir la violencia familiar? En primer lugar, podemos decir que la violencia familiar o violencia doméstica es cualquier forma de abuso entre los miembros de una misma familia, de un miembro a otro miembro. Este abuso generalmente causa un daño físico o psicológico a este miembro de la familia.


The Future of Mediation in Different Sectors (1/05/15)
Elinor Robin, Susan Dubow
Mediation has come a long way in the last 4 decades since it was endorsed, but this article examines all of the areas in which mediation still needs to grow.

Doug Yarn
Re-conceptualizing the Work as Something Bigger than Ourselves--Reconciliation (1/05/15)
Doug Yarn
After toiling in this field for 30 years, I have the strong sense that the patina has worn off and the institutions we have created are fraying and unsustainable in their current manifestations. I’m in good company in this perception; however, that doesn’t mean there is no future for mediation.

Zeno  Daniel Sustac
Mediation Anthem to Ring in the New Year (1/02/15)
Zeno Daniel Sustac
As the new year breaks, Zeno Sustac shares his Romanian mediation anthem, and now an English translation of the anthem as well!

Ralph Kilmann
Thomas-Kilmann Instrument: A Reflection on 40 Years (1/02/15)
Ralph Kilmann
Many mediators have used the TKI to illustrate concepts of avoidance and collaboration. On the 40th anniversary of the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument, Ralph Kilmann reflects on what they've learned.

Elinor Robin
Four Things You May Not Know About Conflict Even Though You Are Already A Conflict Expert--Book Excerpt (1/02/15)
Elinor Robin
Preview an excerpt of Elinor Robin's new book. Most of its content is relevant to the work we do as mediators, but not typical of the information generally presented during a mediation training program.

Karl Bayer
How Do We Create Better Inventives? (12/26/14)
Karl Bayer
Notwithstanding rules, admonitions and the fervent desire for efficient resolution of disputes, our current system of litigation creates incentives to drive up the costs of litigation. So how do we change these incentives?

Alberto Elisavetsky
Tercer artículo colectivo producto del debate en el foro Cyberweek 2014 sobre Sistemas Normativos y ODR (12/26/14)
Alberto Elisavetsky
En casos de ODR respecto de situaciones transfronterizas, sólo tenemos las normas de Derecho Internacional Privado. Es bueno destacar que el Grupo III de la CNUDMI (Comisión de las Naciones Unidas para el Derecho Mercantil Internacional -o UNCITRAL en Inglés), está reuniéndose desde hace bastante tiempo (celebraron su 30° período de sesiones entre el 20 y el 24 de octubre pasado en Viena), a fin de elaborar un proyecto de reglamento para la solución de controversias en línea en operaciones transfronterizas de comercio electrónico.

Nicolas Ulmer
The Witness Statement as Disclosure (12/26/14)
Nicolas Ulmer
As arbitrator I often glance through the witness statements early-on in order to get a more direct “feel” for the case, its players and its history, as well as for planning purposes.

Phyllis Pollack
Mediations Are Supposed To Be Confidential... But Are They Really? (12/19/14)
Phyllis Pollack
Many times a mediator has analogized mediation confidentiality to the television ad, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" to explain the sacrosanct nature of mediation confidentiality. But, are mediations really confidential? This article was reposted to ensure mediators are fully aware of this important topic.

Bruce Provda
6 Reasons You Need a Prenup (12/19/14)
Bruce Provda
Many divorces happen because of financial problems. A prenup forces both parties to look at — and reveal — their financial picture. An open discussion about finance may help to build a firm foundation for marriage.

Brad Heckman
Police Academy IX: This Time It’s Interpersonal (12/19/14)
Brad Heckman
The New York Peace Institute recently conducted a mediation training for the NYPD. They have kindly shared how the training went, tips and tricks for training, and some insights into the cross-over between police and mediation.

Donald T. Saposnek
Mediation Going Forward: What Do We Know? What Can We Expect? (12/17/14)
Donald T. Saposnek
The current complexity of our problems, at least in the U.S., is close to the point of overwhelm; for the individuals involved, for the governments that rule them, for the courts that adjudicate them, for the economic systems that support them, and because of the corrupted values that guide them.

Maria Eugenia Sole
Utilizing Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for Co-parenting Issues in Families with a History of Domestic Violence (12/17/14)
Maria Eugenia Sole
This video discusses family mediation, domestic violence, and online dispute resolution. Maria Eugenia Sole discusses that different cultures have different definitions--with different understandings of what should be tolerated and what requires help. She also discusses different steps that can help.

Tom Stipanowich
Beyond “Getting to Yes:” Building Mediation Skills and Insights into Relationships (12/16/14)
Tom Stipanowich
A quarter century ago many believed we were experiencing a revolution in the way conflict was managed. Nowhere was this more noticeable than in the construction sector, the primary focus of my practice as an advocate and dispute resolution professional.


Claiming Mediation's Future (12/15/14)
Elinor Robin, Susan Dubow
Our own article on the future of mediation focuses on emerging trends and untapped potential. In addition we decided to write a response to “Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination” which was written by the esteemed Robert A. Baruch Bush, and Joseph P. Folger for Mediate.com in November 2014. We are not submitting this rebuttal in an attempt to change any one’s mind. Instead, as mediators we are generally fascinated with hearing, and telling, the rest of the story, so here it is…..

Douglas Noll
Doug Noll Discusses the Future of Litigated and Non-Litigated Mediation - Video and Transcript (12/12/14)
Douglas Noll
Doug Noll discusses the future of litigated and non-litigated cases.

Elizabeth Kent
Agatha Christie Helped Me Be A More Effective Mediator (12/12/14)
Elizabeth Kent
This short article presents a technique that the author calls a "Miss Marple Moment." Through the use of parallel stories, a neutral may address attribution and perceived negative intentions, and assist participants in seeing their situation in a different light and help them reflect on their contributions to the conflict. Hopefully, it is a fun read, just like an Agatha Christie book.

Josefina Rendon
Mediator Ethics and Professionalism: A Recipe for Success (12/12/14)
Josefina Rendon
I attended an interesting presentation on agreement writing and other mediation issues for advocates. One presenter talked in terms of moves, strategies, bluffs and get-away-with’s. The other talked in terms of good practice and ethical standards. Though the first mediator never advocated unethical conduct, the second struck me as a professional whose values and ethical standards were at the forefront of his practice.

Jeanette Bicknell
Workplace Restoration Case Study (12/12/14)
Jeanette Bicknell
Relations between the account services team and the head of production (“Bob”) were at an all-time low. The “drama” was a distraction from business. The manager wanted people to be able to work together collaboratively as a team. She was tired of responding to complaints about Bob and wasn’t sure what to do. And she wanted a quick solution before key staff members left for vacation. So she turned to a mediator.

Jerry Barrett
The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution (12/09/14)
Jerry Barrett
Given the creativity of ADR practitioners and scholars, the best of ADR will continue to grow and expand to new areas of practice, and unheard of new ADR practice will emerge.

Colin Rule
A Future of Social Technology In Support of Peace & Justice (12/08/14)
Colin Rule
I envision a world where our social technology is designed in a way that builds human empathy, identifies and resolves conflict early and effectively, and introduces an era of greater peace, justice, and happiness. It will take a lot of work to get there, and there will be a lot of bumps in the road, but I can see it plain as day. That’s my hope for the future of mediation.

Tammy Lenski
The Future of Mediation: Mediators As Problem Finders, Makers, and Designers (12/08/14)
Tammy Lenski
When we focus primarily on problem solving, our effort will naturally tend to revolve around pinpointing, even driving hard toward, solutions. Along with our endgame focus may come the tendency to hurry past parts of the conflict that don’t seem, on the surface, to support our goal.

Lorraine Segal
The Conflict Pivot: A Must-Read for Mediators and Coaches - Book Review (12/05/14)
Lorraine Segal
In Tammy Lenski's latest book, The Conflict Pivot: Turning Conflict into Peace of Mind, I have discovered a rich resource that I can use in the moment while I’m working with clients, and which I can give to my clients to guide them when they're in the grip of a conflict. This article summarizes the book and explains why it is so valuable.

Alicia Millán
Mobbing at Work - en Espanol (12/05/14)
Alicia Millán
Este artículo intenta abarcar tres aspectos diferenciados aunque esenciales para el reconocimiento y tratamiento de este modo de violencia que tanto el Informe sobre Seguridad en el Trabajo de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (O.I.T.) como otras publicaciones especializadas en la materia y en Congresos y Eventos sobre el tema lo califican como “nueva plaga laboral del siglo XXI”.


Dealing with Difficult People (12/05/14)
Jon Warner, John Radclyffe
We have to face dealing with difficult people at any time in our lives (and at both work and in our home lives). But in general, it’s not so much that the people themselves are difficult (although there are exceptions to this of course), but it is more likely that we find their current behavior difficult to deal with at a particular point of time.

Sam Imperati
Our Mediation Future (12/02/14)
Sam Imperati
I have practiced ADR since 1992. I look back fondly and forward enthusiastically with great hope. In thinking about “what from our past has worked best and should be brought forward and emphasized,” I decided to review two law review articles I wrote early on in my career. What follows is a summary of what I thought then. It will be followed by summaries of two articles about what I think currently. This article will then conclude with my half-formed or mal-formed thoughts about the future.

Barbara Wilson
Revisiting Reframing: Mediation and the Impact of “Spin” (12/01/14)
Barbara Wilson
In this brief piece I argue that it is time to revisit some of the existing critiques of mediation. I look again at the function of reframing, question whether it still warrants the essentialism attributed to it in practice, and explore some alternative strategies. I also argue that, as a consequence of contemporary manoeuvring by the state and the media, disputants may perceive reframing in mediation as a form of “spin”, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the presentation of information in a particular way; a slant, especially a favourable one”.


Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination (12/01/14)
Robert A. Baruch Bush, Joseph P. Folger
For us and the colleagues we’ve worked with for many years, our first premise has always been that self-determination, or what we call empowerment, is the central and supreme value of mediation – a premise probably shared by many in the field. This is what we were struck by when we began, and believed was uniquely served by mediation. We believe in the value of upholding party choice, and we also believe that increasing understanding, reaching sustainable resolution, and other goals all rest on the foundation of genuine party self-determination. At this point in the evolution of mediation, the question in our view is, what has happened to the mediator’s mission of supporting self-determination?

John Lande
Some Good Questions (12/01/14)
John Lande
In 1998, commenting on the hot controversy about the “Rand Report’s” finding that certain mediation programs did not save time or money (measured in terms of lawyers’ work hours), Professor Craig McEwen argued that it was the wrong question to ask whether “mediation works.”

Peter Adler
Predicting the Future of Mediation (11/26/14)
Peter Adler
I should know better and follow the advice a friend once gave me when he said: “Peter, a shut mouth gathers no foot.” On the other hand, who in the world could possibly resist an invitation from www.mediate.com to opine on the future of something near and dear to my heart and happily rekindle some old quarrels with colleagues?

Jennifer Winestone
The Art and Science of Mediation: How the Principles of Commitment/Consistency and Expectation May be Applied to Mediation to Help Break Party Impasse - Part Two (11/21/14)
Jennifer Winestone
This article provides a review of two psychological concepts derived from Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" and Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational" and considers their practical and ethical implications as applied to mediation.

Richard Barbieri
Fear Comes to School: Mediating Among Parents Around Ebola (11/21/14)
Richard Barbieri
As medical personnel, emergency aid workers, and diplomatic personnel return to the U.S. from West Africa, schools must manage tensions between local families who are fearful for their own children, and parents who have been at the front lines attempting to stem the epidemic. What mediator strategies may prove useful?


Is Conflict Always Negative (or Where is the Tiger)? (11/21/14)
Mac Bogert
Once upon a time, when we lived among the tigers, we wisely kept our threat detectors on sensitive.1 With no time to think, when seconds might make the difference between having and being dinner, we reacted, and quickly. Knee-jerk made sense as time was usually on the tiger’s side.

Alberto Elisavetsky
De qué manera puede incidir e insertarse el Crowdsourcing en la Resolución Electrónica de Disputas (CORD) en un futuro? (11/21/14)
Alberto Elisavetsky
El siguiente es un artículo colectivo, producto de los aportes, comentarios y reflexiones que se realizaron en el foro de Cyberweek 2014.

Cris Pastore
10 Tips for Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator (11/14/14)
Cris Pastore
Perhaps you've come to the realization that divorce mediation is the way to go for you and your spouse, but how do you choose a divorce mediator? After all, not all divorce mediators are created equal.

Jennifer Winestone
The Art and Science of Mediation: How the Principles of Commitment/Consistency and Expectation May be Applied to Mediation to Help Break Party Impasse - Part One (11/14/14)
Jennifer Winestone
This article provides a review of two psychological concepts derived from Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" and Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational" and considers their practical and ethical implications as applied to mediation.

Beth Graham
Arbitration in Evolution (11/14/14)
Beth Graham
The arbitration survey conducted by Professor Tom Stipanowich and the Straus Institute revealed current practices and trends in arbitration. This article specifically examines the demographics of the arbitrators and questions whether these demographics are the best for the business.

Keith Seat
Legal Mediation News Update - November 2014 (11/12/14)
Keith Seat
This is another in a series of updates on Legal Mediation News from Mediate.com News Editor, Keith Seat.

Dave Johnston
A History of Hostage Negotiation Presentation to The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London Branch (11/11/14)
Dave Johnston
Hostage negotiators have long been used in some form or other and indeed, it is an ancient art or skill, which stretches back to at least the Greek era. Polybius, the son of an eminent Greek governor was one of the 1000 nobles who in 168 BC were transported to Rome as hostages and detained there for 17 years. I can only think in horror, of the logistics of maintaining such a negotiation.

Michael A. Zeytoonian
The Case for Dispute Resolution Clauses in Contracts (11/11/14)
Michael A. Zeytoonian
I am fortunate enough to have some great clients. They do their jobs well, they run their businesses and organizations well. Because they do things right, I have less “back end” (reactive) work from them because they don’t get many claims against them. That is partly because we work together on the “front end” (proactive) work of anticipating issues before they arise and preventively address them.

Beth Graham
Reflections on the State and Future of Commercial Arbitration (11/11/14)
Beth Graham
What may be most striking about these developments is that, until fairly recently, cost- and time-saving were often regarded as among the leading potential benefits of arbitration and a primary basis for distinguishing arbitration as an alternative to litigation. The growing prominence of these elements as perceived negatives of arbitration is therefore particularly troubling.

Tammy Lenski
Intervening in Conflict When It's Not Your Job (11/11/14)
Tammy Lenski
When you’ve got conflict resolution skills, you can’t help but notice all the situations around you that might benefit from your help. But how do you choose when to help informally and when to stay out of it?

Michael Scott
Themes in Mediation (11/10/14)
Michael Scott
Hidden beneath the arguments of a couple in mediation there is a repeating theme. The argument is like Joseph’s coat of many colors. Each disagreement on the surface appears to be about something different, like one of the many colors on the coat. Under the coat, however, there is only Joseph, who remains mostly unchanged.

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