In the past few years Singapore has been busy revising, refining and extending its dispute resolution offerings in cross-border litigation, arbitration and mediation.
The invaluable publisher Drawn and Quarterly has ventured smack dab into current legal controversy.
When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.
If poorly worded, an apology can only exacerbate the situation rather than ease the hurt and pain caused by the initial faux pas.
My mediation skills, honed over many years, make it easy to shift into the role of focus group facilitator.
How many of us share the experience I have had – sitting on the last train home, late at night, with a day’s mediating behind me and no settlement?
Child-custody evaluations have become commonplace in family-law disputes over living arrangements, parental decision-making, and time-sharing with offspring.
The desire to be right is deeply seductive and understandable, but it can cause a lot of problems at work
The next time someone declines to take responsibility for words or actions that had a bad impact, don’t immediately assume it’s a flaw in their character.
Mediation Trainer Stuart Watson shares the wisdom of the most important elements of a mediation training gained from training new mediators over the last 15 years.
To arrive at a successful resolution in mediation, you have to work for it. Mediation is hard.
Conflicts that are resolved only to etch out a settlement are resolved in the shallowest sense.
This article addresses three common impasses which can become future wins when mediators frame the discussion.
The current linguistic environment is instructive, scary, and actually great fun.
In their book, "Designing Your Life," authors Burnett and Evans talk about "gravity problems," things like gravity that you cannot change no matter how hard you try.
Blame is frequently used, whether consciously or unconsciously, in an attempt to assign responsibility for something gone awry.
Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.
Mediators have Four Noble Truths, recited to each new set of parties we work with: “This process is Voluntary and Self-Determined; we are Neutral, and everything said here is Confidential.”
Often times, the parties or their lawyers refuse to accept that “Last, best and final offer” because they think they will regret making the deal and not having the time and energy to take one more deposition, find the “truth”, the “smoking gun” or exact a little more pain and discomfort towards the other side.
This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.
Isn’t it reassuring knowing you have someone in your corner to advocate for you?
While you may already be familiar with the process and its benefits there are a few important facts those considering mediation for a legal issue their business is facing should know.
The mediator’s options in compromise situations depends on the parties’ receptivity to the process.
Even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help.
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