Can We Still Be Friends? London As A Global Seat Of Arbitration Post-Brexit

broken Wedding Rings symbolize the BrexitMichael McIlwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel for GE Oil & Gas opened his recent article An Unamicable Separation: Brexit Consequences for London as a Premier Seat of International Dispute Resolution in Europe with the following quote, attributed to the most prolific of all authors, ‘unknown’:

“I try not to think of divorce as failing at marriage but rather winning at bitterness and resentment.” Continue reading

The End Of Free Trade?

wtoWith the fallout from the recent US election, many are feeling uneasy about the year ahead. Rising nationalism in Europe, along with a growing protectionist trend towards international trade are certainly a cause for concern. Continue reading

Update: New Public Consultation On Shaping European Investment Dispute Resolution Policy

European Union flag against European Parliament

The European Commission (EC) has launched a new public consultation on the EU’s investment dispute resolution policy along with the options for multilateral reform, including the possible establishment of a permanent multilateral investment court.

The EC is now calling for comments on its most recent proposals, urging members of the mediation, conflict management and dispute resolution community to participate in the process. Continue reading

Negotiation In The Trump Era

ihh2ztubtos-kayle-kaupangerThe recent inauguration of US President Donald Trump brings a new era of uncertainty to the international community, as many countries re-evaluate their relationships with the United States.

The role of the President as the chief negotiator of foreign policy is essential in maintaining global peace and security, and should not be taken lightly. Though he describes himself as an “expert negotiator”, the fact that Trump has caused considerable tension within his first few days in office has proven that he is in fact quite the opposite. Continue reading

MediatorTV: Episode 5

 

 

In this week’s video episode, Professor Nadja Alexander and Aled Davies, report from the Kremlin where the Justice, Mediation and Social Justice Conference is taking place. Continue reading

MediatorTV: Episode Four

 

This week’s episode of  the Mediator Academy‘s weekly video ‘This Week In Mediation’, presented by Professor Nadja Alexander and Aled Davies, features the German National Mediation Association, the Bundesverband Mediation – with highlights from their annual congress in Dresden and a look at new and emerging mediation models. Continue reading

Some Thoughts On CETA

European Union and CanadaHigh drama this week, with CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, first blocked by the Walloons, and then rescued following some marathon diplomacy (or inconsequential fudge, depending on your perspective). Had the Walloon parliament voted against the agreement, Belgium would have been prevented from agreeing to it, thus the unanimous agreement of EU states needed to sign would have failed, and so would the ratification of the deal. Continue reading