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23 January 2020

In this special seminar in CEDR’s 30th Anniversary Year, hear from two of South Africa’s most experienced mediators, who, since the release of Nelson Mandela 30 years ago, have worked in both commercial mediation and in the wider context of reconciliation to help heal some of the injuries of the past.

In 1990 Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, an event that heralded the end of Apartheid in South Africa, which many predicted might bring chaos and confusion to this divided society. Yet what occurred was a gradual and painstaking reconciliation of a country, and the impossible was made possible.

In 1990 John Brand and Felicity Steadman were fledgeling mediators who lived and worked through this period and saw first-hand how reconciliation was negotiated within many walks of society. Join us for this special session where they will examine this inspiring moment in human history and give some insight into the man who set the tone for national healing.

John Brand

John Brand, is a retired South African lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience as a mediator and facilitator of large scale conflicts and disputes. John will share with us his reflections on Nelson Mandela’s journey from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, highlighting key lessons for negotiators. In addition to his experience in South Africa, John has also had some international experience of facilitation and training in parts of the Northern Ireland and Basque peace processes.


Felicity Steadman
Felicity Steadman
, a CEDR Mediator and Head of the CEDR Mediator Skills Training Faculty, will facilitate the session. Felicity worked as a mediator in South Africa during the difficult years pre- and post-democracy. She worked on labour/management and employment disputes, as well as with the National Peace Accord.


This event will be free of charge for all attendees, however, priority tickets will be given to:

  • CEDR Exchange Mediator Members
  • Young Leader New Dialogues Alumni (CEDR Foundation)
  • Those from CEDR member organisations.

The venue will be in Central London and will be confirmed ASAP.

Registration will take place at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. The event will run until 7pm with the opportunity for drinks and networking afterwards.

If you would like to attend this event please email our Events team by clicking here to reserve your place.

(If you do not fall into the above categories but would like to attend, please contact Oliver who will add your name to the waiting list – dcroix@cedr.com).


23 January 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
excl. VAT
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Oliver de St Croix


CEDR Offices
70 Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 1EU United Kingdom
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