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Mediator and CEO of CEDR
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Negotiation lessons from the penalty shootout

As a mediator who regularly encounters deadlock, I am accutely aware of the value of the ‘High Noon’ moments for negotiators stuck in impasse.  Normally it’s a critical moment where the parties come face-to-face with the harsh realities of deadlock. In this moment they are faced with frustrated business or economic goals; a sense of […]

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

Regardless of your views on Brexit, one cannot escape the reality that the negotiations so far have been wrought with difficulty. Recently, on Radio 4’s PM programme I was asked, “If Brexit really is a divorce and a messy one at that would a mediator help?” With over 20 years of experience in extremely difficult […]

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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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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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Mediation Settlement Enforcement

UNCITRAL and the enforceability of mediated settlements

A commentary by Dr Karl Mackie CBE in February 2017 on the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, which continues its discussions over a possible instrument on enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. Both the […]

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