Neil Armstrong called it on information overload
POSTED ON July 19, 2019 | Comments (0)

It is 50 years this month since Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. The release of rare footage in the much-acclaimed film Apollo 11 and the just released Armstrong, following on from last year’s movie First Man, reminds us just how extraordinary the achievement...

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Mediation: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
POSTED ON July 01, 2019 | Comments (0)

Looking back at the July 2002 edition of the SCOLAG Journal (number 297!), I find a letter from me responding to an article by Sarah O’Neill in which I extol the benefits of mediation in non-family matters. I give numerous examples to show that “the...

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Bringing Mediation into the Mainstream
POSTED ON July 02, 2019 | Comments (0)

Being a mediator brings surprises along the way. For me, I was presented with what turned out to be the biggest challenge of my professional career last November when the Cabinet Secretary for Health in Scotland appointed me to conduct a review of allegations made...

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Mediation in a Changing Climate? - From Consensus to Confrontation?
POSTED ON July 04, 2019 | Comments (0)

Centre for International Legal Studies  From International Mediation Symposium 13 June 2019 Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg Opening Address by John Sturrock QC   It is a privilege to speak here in this wonderful place - what an appropriate setting when you read about the history and...

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Still set on making mediation mainstream
POSTED ON July 01, 2019 | Comments (0)

When I was a law student in the late 1970s, teaching on subjects such as housing law, social security and even employment law was a minority activity, if it existed at all. That these topics became mainstream was significantly due to the work of the...

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Process and Empathy are Critical for Success in Political (and other) Negotiations
POSTED ON June 04, 2019 | Comments (0)

“In negotiations of all kinds, the greater your capacity for empathy – the more carefully you try to understand all of the other side’s motivations, interests and constraints – the more options you tend to have for potentially resolving the dispute or deadlock.” These are...

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Identity is a part of humanity that may threaten our future
POSTED ON June 04, 2019 | Comments (0)

‘This is the place on earth where there is the most significant formation of glaciers. But even here, they are receding. Climate change, temperatures increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the world, the data gathering can’t keep up. I ask you all...

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It's not just about the money and other food for thought for mediators
POSTED ON May 15, 2019 | Comments (0)

A number of recent mediations have reaffirmed some essentials which I share here in the hope that they might be helpful to others: It’s not all about the money. Mr A had a very substantial claim against a bank running into hundreds of thousands of...

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Reflecting on the Brexit negotiations
POSTED ON April 24, 2019 | Comments (0)

“In negotiations of all kinds, the greater your capacity for empathy – the more carefully you try to understand all of the other side’s motivations, interests and constraints – the more options you tend to have for potentially resolving the dispute or deadlock.” These are...

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Moving to mediation makes for earlier resolution
POSTED ON April 15, 2019 | Comments (0)

As a mediator I look back on my years as an advocate at the Scottish Bar with great affection. The intensive preparation the night before. The pre-court anxiety as one wondered which judge would be allocated. Gathering volumes of case reports from the Advocates’ Library....

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