A handshake is easier to enforce than a judgement
POSTED ON May 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

"A handshake is easier to enforce than a judgment." The words of Robert Webb QC, former General Counsel at BA, at the first of two fascinating conferences I attended this week, both wrestling with promoting the use of mediation. In London, the Civil Mediation Council...

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Civil Discourse and Collaborative Governance
POSTED ON May 01, 2012 | Comments (0)

The American Bar Association recently reaffirmed the principle of civility as a foundation for democracy and the rule of law. Its Resolution 108 goes on: "When dealing with the public as well as one another, lawyers should set a high standard for civil discourse as an...

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Mediation or Meditation - the Missing Link?
POSTED ON March 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

What is it that makes mediation such an effective process for so many disputes? Why do so many long-running conflicts reach a solution in a day of mediation? Is there some sort of magic in what the mediator does? At the start of a mediation...

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Humean Enlightenment
POSTED ON July 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

I had the enormous privilege to sit with many hundreds of others and listen to Nobel Laureate, Professor Amartya Sen as he delivered the Enlightenment Lecture celebrating David Hume at Edinburgh University. If I am honest, much of what Sen talked about was rather above my...

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Civil Mediation Council Conference
POSTED ON May 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

John Sturrock addressed the Civil Mediation Council Conference in London on 11th May 2010. The presentation, entitled 'Mediators Beyond Borders', takes as its theme the need to expand our view of what we do and how we see ourselves and our contribution - looking beyond the narrower classical...

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Civil Justice Reform in Scotland: Beyond the Gill Review
POSTED ON March 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

You will know of the analogy of the frog in the gradually heating water which, unaware of its changing environment, is unable to do save itself when the water gets too hot. I believe that, if we wish to survive and thrive, we do need...

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