Citizens Assembly Underway
POSTED ON November 01, 2019 | Comments (0)

As a member of the Stewarding Group of the Citizens Assembly, I felt honoured to attend the first sessions of the Assembly on 26 and 27 October in Edinburgh. Walking into the venue, it had the feel of an historic occasion. And so it turned...

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It takes just one moment to change, for good or bad
POSTED ON October 14, 2019 | Comments (0)

It took just a moment in time: 6 August 1945 at 8:15am. The first atomic bomb to be used in warfare exploded 600 metres above Hiroshima. The city was destroyed in an instant. An estimated 70,000 people died in that same instant. At least the...

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What's the Point?
POSTED ON August 29, 2019 | Comments (0)

“What’s the point?” asked the preacher, rhetorically. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” was his text, taken from Ecclesiastes, an Old Testament book apparently attributed to Solomon, whose wisdom we have all heard about over the years. The child and two women each laying claim...

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Mediation's a bit like riding a new kind of bike
POSTED ON August 26, 2019 | Comments (0)

"I have been doing this for the last 40 years. I would prefer to continue to do it as I have always done. There’s no need for this extra help. In fact, people would think I had gone a bit soft, or that I couldn’t...

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A Negotiation Emergency?
POSTED ON July 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

“For nobody would understand, And you kill what you fear, And you fear what you don’t understand.” Powerful words. As a progressive rock music aficionado, these lyrics taken from the song “Duke’s Travels” by my favourite band, Genesis, have often brought me up short as...

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Neil Armstrong called it on information overload
POSTED ON July 19, 2019 | Comments (7)

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 (3)

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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