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Reflections on the Advanced Mediation Workshop at Harvard (June 2017)

It is not every day you can mediate a dispute with a UN humanitarian negotiator or a Judge from Brazil!

Just recently, I had the privilege of being alongside 47 fellow mediators at the Advanced Mediation Workshop at Harvard University (Cambridge, US). The student mediators hailed from the US, Russia, Brazil, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. Australia was well-represented, with 1/8th of the group being from the land of girt by sea.

I confess I was seeking an excuse to ‘go to Harvard’ (note unashamed name-dropping above!) and to get my NMAS accreditation without having to do the beginner 3 day courses.  Like many of you, I completed mediation subjects as part of my LLB and have mediated disputes for years – so a ‘mediation 101’ course didn’t excite. […]

Arbitration: An Introduction

Commercial Arbitration Act 2013 (Qld) and International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth)

For some, just hearing the word ‘arbitration’ gets them excited because it can mean an equally balanced dispute with a decision maker who wants to hear the case. For others, the word can make them nervous because it sounds so much scarier than it is.

Never fear, this ‘101 guide’ will help take away some of the mystery and at least help you sound like a pro. […]

A new deadline for the District Court

This week Practice Direction No 1 of 2017 for the District Court of Queensland was released.

For District Court matters, outlines of argument  are now required by 4pm on the day prior to the hearing.  Practitioners might be aware of many Judges who had a preference for this. This practice direction formalises the process and provides certainty.  […]

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