Robert K. Wrede, JD, LLM
Articles and Video:
Choosing the optimum mix of caucus and plenary sessions, and if, when and how to offer evaluative input depends largely on the subjective, case-by-case (frequently on-the-spot) assessment by the mediator of numerous variables. 1 Comment
Dispute Resolution Boards. A New and Exciting Role for Commercial Dispute Resolution: A Quintessential Example of ADR in Action
The favorable Hong Kong experience with carefully pre-designed programs of tiered alternative dispute resolution -- not only at Chek Lap Kok but with other major Hong Kong public works projects as well -- provides persuasive evidence for the proposition that thoughtfully designed and effectively implemented alternatives to traditional litigation, such as the use of Dispute Resolution Advisors and Boards, or Early Neutral Expert Evaluators, can be both highly efficient and cost effective in the avoidance, management and resolution of the conflicts that inevitably accompany most complex human endeavors.
Communication and Conflict: Managing Verbal Aggression in Mediation
The mediation process involves the risk that participants have greater freedom to engage in combative, hostile, face-to-face conduct than normally would be the case in adjudication. This paper examines a common manifestation of such negative conduct, “verbal aggression,” and proposes an approach to avoiding, or at least minimizing, its negative effects in mediation. 1 Comment