I recently attended the annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution conference in San Francisco. Several themes emerged (for me) as fairly critical for modern lawyers. Here’s a top ten.
Michael Leathes has written a book on negotiation that is aimed at corporate counsel.
Nostalgia is defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.” Apparently, the word nostalgia has its origins in a Greek compound, consisting of nóstos, meaning “homecoming”, and álgos, meaning “pain” or “ache”.
On the evening of Tuesday March 28th 2017, a pop-up mediation event on Brexit took place
at the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh.
It’s a no brainer, right? Shouldn’t it?
This article discusses engaging with “the enemy,” building relationships, separating people from the problem, listening to and understanding deeply, finding “win-win” solutions to intractable problems based on interests rather than polarised positions, and accepting and acknowledging our own imperfections.
This year, I think I have seen more articles on why and how NOT to make New Year’s Resolutions than making them.
Even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help.
Days after June's UK Brexit Referendum, US Secretary of State John Kerry advised: 'It is absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don't start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.'
This blog synthesises some remarks I have made recently to policy-makers in Scotland.
It’s that time of year again! Mediation Awareness Week is about to kick off in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world.
The Government has announced £4.4m funding for 10 innovative schemes to tackle bullying in schools.
The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final in which Team GB’s Lutalo Muhammad lost to his Ivory Coast opponent in the last second of the bout, giving the latter his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
The fight or flight response of our forebears remains strong when we are under pressure.
If Brexit were an ancient Greek tragedy, David Cameron would be the tragic hero.
This blog is a further reflection on the implications of Brexit, viewed from a Scottish perspective.
The decision to leave the EU has drawn the UK into the Nash Trap.
(7/21/16)Maria Eugenia Sole
Let's make an attempt to understand the recent events related to the output of the United Kingdom of the European Union from the perspective of contemporary sociology, but not before making a brief review of the paradigm shifts in the social field over the past centuries. En Espanol
To a hammer, everything looks like a nail; and to litigators, most cases look ripe for litigation. But my generation entered the Scottish legal profession with an additional motivation: if a case runs its full course, it is not just good for our pockets, it is good for the law and good for the country.
Brexit: should Britain remain within the European Union or leave? The proponents on both sides have been quite strong in their respective positions accusing each other of exaggeration, if not misrepresentation.
This paper considers Scotland’s lack of receptivity towards mediation in the light of its ‘mixed’ legal heritage of both civilian and common law influences. It contrasts the approach to mediation in common law jurisdictions (such as England and Wales and those of the USA) with that of France, where litigation acts like an ‘attracting magnet’.
Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.
The C-suite, the Board, senior management – call it what you will, those at the top of an organisation are as prone to conflict as the rest of us. But even more than the staff base, senior management are reluctant to use mediation.
The Amman Message delivered by the Chief Justice of Jordan in 2004 is an extraordinary statement of tolerance and peace and deserves full reading by all who would comment on Muslim affairs. The Chief Justice emphasises peace, security, neighbourliness, coexistence and respect for others.
The current dispute in Ireland involves multiple parties who all have strongly held positions, based on their values, interests and needs. Does this sound familiar?
The goal of the GPC Series 2016-17 is to provide the core global data needed to address the causes and remedies of user dissatisfaction with dispute resolution.
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