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CEDR: A people business

In nearly 5 years at CEDR I’ve often found it difficult to explain to people what I do and what CEDR does.  I’ve held several different roles during my time here, and what I tell people usually changes depending on what part of the business I’m working with most closely at any one time. In […]

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What’s in a name: Balancing a Fair Process with Cultural Norms

What’s in a name: Balancing a Fair Process with Cultural Norms

In Pakistan it is normal to refer to older men who have some status in the community as ‘shahib’ after using their name. This term denotes respect and a certain amount of deference, and is completely normal in conversational and professional contexts.  It is important to note that there is no similar term used for […]

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Taking the longer term view: Building in Sustainability of Mediation Development

Taking the longer term view: Building in Sustainability of Mediation Development

One of the downsides of training mediators internationally is that you often do not get to see how they develop; after training even though one may return to the jurisdiction, it is often not possible to track all the mediators that you have trained.  This is also true of those we equip to become local […]

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A Levels and Beyond

A Levels and Beyond

Thousands of pupils throughout the country picked up their A Level results at the end of August.  My daughter was one of them. Having spent the last two years flicking through glossy university prospectuses marketing a wealth of degrees and courses, there was a constant reminder about the value of knowledge and skills. Whether going […]

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Trainee mediators really benefit from different perspectives

Trainee mediators really benefit from different perspectives

I am writing this post having just finished working as one of the lead trainers on this year’s CEDR’s International Mediator Skills Summer School (http://www.cedr.com/skills/school/), which this year was held in Cascais, near Lisbon, in Portugal. One of the key reasons behind us doing the summer school is to attract a range of participants from […]

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