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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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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 But unlike that show, characterised by outdated, ‘macho’ attitudes to business and collaboration, this group of dynamic, driven individuals embodies a new and progressive approach to leadership.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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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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