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Big Projects, Big Disputes – Bring in the Mediators

71 countries across 4 continents. 65% of the world’s population. 1/3 of Global GDP. 4 – 8 trillion USD overall investment. These are just a handful of the eye-watering numbers associated with one of the largest infrastructure and investment projects in history – China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative. Coined as the modern day […]

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The Times they are a Changin’

When trawling the annals of the internet, you never know what you will find. But, every so often you stumble across a gem. Buried in the BBC archives, my scattershot googling led me to this: The Search for Agreement – Mediation (2000) on the BBC World Service, Global Business. For some at CEDR and the […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Philip Williams

In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Philip Williams, one of our lead negotiation trainers for CEDR’s flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation Skills and one of the UK’s former leading Hostage and Crisis Negotiators. Phil’s experience spans decades, with deployments in some of the tensest, most hostile, high-stake environments across four […]

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Teach 21st Century Skills

Teach our law students 21st Century Skills. This was the message emerging from a recent conference I spoke at on ADR in Legal Education held by Maastricht University, Faculty of Law. Few would argue that an understanding of ADR skills should not form part of a modern law degree. The changing legal landscape has, over […]

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What messages should we give our Young Leaders?

This photo of our first cohort of New Dialogues leaders has been compared to the Apprentice. But unlike that show, characterised by outdated, ‘macho’ attitudes to business and collaboration, this group of dynamic, driven individuals embodies a new and progressive approach to leadership.  “Everything I touch turns to sold” and “I think outside the box. […]

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