Thursday 11 March at 5.30pm

Online event to celebrate and discuss the launch of a new book by Core alumna, Anna Howard:

EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation:  Listening to Disputants - Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes

John Sturrock writes:

Anna Howard’s first book, ‘EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation: Listening to Disputants – Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes’ (published by Kluwer), is an important contribution to the literature about the practice and promotion of mediation. It deserves a wide readership among academics and practitioners alike.

While focused on commercial mediation in the context of cross-border disputes in the EU, the book poses a number of fundamental questions for all those who have wondered about the “stubbornly low” uptake of mediation as a process for resolving disputes. Anna Howard’s meticulous research, both deep and broad, invites us to consider new angles to this perennial conundrum, particularly from the perspective of those who would actually choose to use mediation. Read more here.

Core is hosting this event to hear from Anna about her research and the findings and what this might mean for users of mediation – and policy-makers. We’ll be joined by Professor John Lande who gave a well-received seminar in Edinburgh some years ago and who is a prolific writer about lawyers as negotiators and users of mediation. See his latest article here. John will comment on Anna’s findings, as will Professor Charlie Irvine of the University of Strathclyde.

This should be a really fascinating occasion.

Limited spaces - to register, please email

In the Press

  • Read John's reflections on Core Solutions reaching 20 years in business, here, published in Scotland on Sunday on 17 January 2021.

Past Events

  • A Celebration of 20 Years:  21 January 2021 - On 22 January 2001, Core held its very first event: Communicate to Persuade, which took place in a seminar room in the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Core's launch, John Sturrock was in the “hot seat” in an online conversation with leading mediator and associate of Core, Liz Rivers, with whom John has been friendly since training as a mediator in 1996.  In a well-attended event, they talked about the many chapters in the Core story - and about John's and mediation's journey over the past 20 years.  
  • Conversation: The UK Constitution and its Future - What needs to happen now?  - In conversation with John Sturrock QC, two senior and thoughtful politicians, David Melding CBE MS and Andrew Wilson reflect on where we are and where we might be going. 19 November 2020
  • Conversation: Breakthrough or Breakdown? Visions for a Different Future - with guest conversationalists Scilla Elworthy, the distinguished peace campaigner, Jo Berry, international peacebuilder and founder of Building Bridges for Peace,and Liz Rivers, women’s leadership advocate, the UK’s first female commercial mediator and Rights of Nature activist. 8 July 2020
  • Climate Change and the Pandemic: A Call to Consciousness and Collaboration - A conversation between author and human ecologist, Alastair McIntosh, and international mediator and author, Ken Cloke, facilitated by John Sturrock QC, reflecting on consciousness and collaboration in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency. 6 May 2020. 
  • A Mediator's Musings Book Launch - On 30 April 2020, John Sturrock launched his new book "A Mediator's Musings". Here he is in conversation with colleague Charlie Woods.

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