Category World News

Play Ball! Houston Astros, Rockets and CSN in mediation.

Earlier this month officers of the Houston Astros baseball team, Houston Rockets basketball team, and cable TV network Comcast SportsNet (CSN) gathered for their third mediation session within several weeks. The mediator, US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, is working with the parties to untangle financial and media rights disputes which were brought to a […]

That’s not mediation!

“Mediator appears to side with teachers union in contract impasse”   This recent headline from a Florida newspaper caught my eye and got me thinking – “Why is the mediator taking sides? S/he should withdraw from the process and have a neutral mediator appointed immediately!” The “mediator” is Scott Milinski, a member of the US […]

5 mediation myths busted

Why mediate? What stops businesses from mediating disputes? These were some of the questions posed to an expert panel at the ICC Mediation Rules Launch last week. The most obvious reason to mediate is because it is efficient. Over 74% of matters filed with the ICC ADR program reach settlement once a mediator has been engaged. […]

New Rules! ICC Mediation Rules Launched

  The International Chamber of Commerce has released new rules for mediation and other Amicable Dispute Resolution processes administered by its International Centre for ADR (ICADR). The Mediation Rules, which came in to effect on 1 January 2014, “reflect modern practice and set clear parameters for the conduct of proceedings, while recognizing and maintaining the need for […]

Monash wins silver at the International Commercial Mediation Competition

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Monash University’s ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition team. With the support of the ACJI, the team of Tessa Sullivan, Jemima Roe, Joanna Paul and Julia Larner, and their coaches Naomi Burstyner (ACJI, Monash University) and Wendy Gaddie (ACJI, Monash University),  travelled to Paris last […]

3 tips to prepare for mediation – not just for family law disputes!

Mediation is not just for divorcing couples and warring parents. From fencing disputes to workplace conflict, mediation is used to resolve disputes in almost any area of the law or human relations. You do not need to have filed court proceedings or engaged lawyers to have a mediator facilitate your discussions; in fact, many people […]

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]