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The Hillsborough Inquiry: what could be done differently?

The shocking revelations of how the investigations were conducted into the Hillsborough disaster will only shake an increasingly disturbed faith in the British inquiries system. Our own research in May this year, of more than 2,000 Britons, showed fewer than a third (27 per cent) said they had confidence in the inquiry system. So what […]

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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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My first week at CEDR

Turns out those big red buses come from the other side in England, a lesson I quickly learned as I jumped, without grace, backwards into a mass of people giving me the “Oh, the unknowing foreigner” look. I had only arrived from Amsterdam the day before and was about to start a three-month internship with […]

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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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LONDON 2012: Collaborative Spirit

LONDON 2012: Collaborative Spirit

Having been one of the fortunate ones to go to a number of events at the current Olympic Games in London (Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Wrestling) I have been impressed by the atmosphere that has been created by the volunteers, armed forces, police and others working to make the competition a success.  While pondering […]

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