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James South is CEDR’s Managing Director and has been mediating public and private sector disputes for 17 years. As one of the world’s most experienced dispute resolution trainers and consultants James is responsible for the development of CEDR’s leading courses in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management for legal and business organisations, the public sector, universities and professional bodies.
A New Zealand trained barrister and solicitor, James has been involved in ADR for the past two decades, firstly as a government mediator for the New Zealand Ministries of Justice and Housing and the past 13 years with CEDR. Gaining a Masters in Laws (distinction) in Dispute Prevention and Resolution in 1999 and CEDR mediator accreditation in 2000, he now spends over half of his time on international training and consultancy projects. As a world-leading dispute resolution professional he regularly acts as trainer and consultant expert in jurisdictions around the world and has worked in over 20 jurisdictions including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Brazil, Botswana, China, Croatia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, U.S.A..
With a strong background in training, James South has developed, and currently lectures in, International Commercial Mediation, part of the Masters programme at the University of Westminster and has also taught and advised on ADR programmes at South Bank University, Birkbeck College, London, and University of West England. He has worked as an academic consultant in many international jurisdictions, most recently within Lebanon, Pakistan and Morocco.
James' mediation experience includes racial discrimination disputes, tenant and landlord disputes and contractual disputes. James has experience in the design and project management of complicated and multi-party disputes through facilitation, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. His particular experience is in the resolution of disputes between individuals and organisations. As mediator he has practiced in New Zealand and the UK and has mediated cases involving Spanish, Austrian, Turkish and French Parties. He is trained in Cross--cultural mediation skills and speaks fluent Spanish.
He also has substantial facilitation experience including: the design and management of an eight-month facilitation project culminating in a three-day mediation, involving hundreds of claimants and a number of major public sector bodies; and the management of a multi-party facilitation concerning the rebuilding of working relations between statutory office holders.
In recent years, James has provided consultancy advice to IFC/World Bank, UNHCR, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Commercial Court of Zagreb, Croatia, Commonwealth Secretariat and the High Court of Sindh, Pakistan.
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