Brexit Negotiations and the ‘Ancient Regime’ – where are the mediators?

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Investor State Mediation Training

For three days in mid-June this year, CEDR partnered with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter, to conduct the first Investor State (IS) mediator training at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.  Whether a Windfarm in Chile or a Hydroelectric Plant in Indonesia, […]

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CEDR New Dialogues Programme

Today CEDR launches an exciting new initiative, the CEDR New Dialogues programme.  This is offered to young and emerging leaders in business and the community, and we are inviting applications through self-nomination or recommendations. Starting with an initial – and free-of-charge –  one-day training in advanced skills of facilitating dialogue and managing difficult or contentious […]

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Mediator as settlement leader

If it is true that (in Europe) all roads lead to Rome then might it also be true that in commercial mediation all Mediators ‘lead’ to Settlement? Frivolity aside, the idea of a mediator ‘leading’ parties to a settlement might be unsettlingly too directive in style for many. However, the mediator in reality does guide […]

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Collaboration is King – Lessons from the Lions

If you love rugby then like me, you will love the Lions. Once every four years, players from every nation in the British Isles, from clubs spanning the length and breadth of the land, come together united under one banner, with one purpose – defeat a southern hemisphere rugby giant. “This is your Everest boys”, […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Chula Rupasinha

In April 2017, CEDR launched its flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation skills. In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Chula Rupasinha, one of our lead negotiation trainers. As a senior Police Officer, Chula was the UK’s longest serving hostage negotiator, successfully resolving sieges and kidnaps of Britons held overseas. He led […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Felicity Steadman

In April 2017, CEDR launched its flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation skills. In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Felicity Steadman, one of our lead negotiation trainers. Felicity is a full-time negotiator, mediator, facilitator and trainer in dispute resolution skills. She developed her negotiation experience over 25 years in extensive labour […]

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No Drama Negotiation Theatre

From Harvey Spector, the bullish litigator in the American legal drama ‘Suits’ to Theresa May describing herself as a “bloody difficult woman”, everywhere we turn, we are inundated with a confrontational, chest-beating style of negotiation. Recently I attended a CEDR Negotiation Theatre at Lloyd’s Market Association, structured around an insurance negotiation and as well as […]

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Keeping step – Mediation Skills in Japan

By James South, CEDR’s Director of Training. While in Japan recently training mediators, I got to thinking about the issue of pace in mediation. Just like the trains in Japan, mediators often work at different speeds. Some are like the Shinkansen Bullet trains, speeding along, while others are like the commuter trains, those that constantly […]

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Sabotage the workplace, OSS Style ?

In my work on employment mediation, I have read a great number of articles and books on how to be a good employee or manager, how to improve productivity in the workplace, or the well-being of staff, which seems to have been a recurring topic for the past few decades. Yet yesterday, I stumbled upon […]

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