A surgeon discusses the risks of an operation with a patient in a difficult fix. Although it’s possible there will be an excellent result there’s a big chance, perhaps 25%, that it will make matters worse. The surgeon makes quite sure that the patient understands...read more
Educational Mediation from ASMADR- the Need for Life Skills and Vision That Mediation can give to Education
In an article published in Linked-In Pulse at the end of 2015 entitled "What Education We Need in 2016" the academic emphasis typically seen in a school curriculum was heavily criticised. Broadly speaking the writer of this article, Eric Sim, roundly criticised US...read more
ADR from ASMADR – Sortition – a new form of ADR in the making? Does it have positive implications for the judicial process in the UK and elsewhere?
Have you heard of sortition? Anticipating a possible “no”, I have to say that until a friend sent me the link to a recent article in the UK newspaper, the Guardian, neither had I. In the context of commenting on the ongoing UK/European Brexit saga, the article in...read more
Dialogue in the Dark is an interesting experience where visitors are facilitated and guided by visually impaired guides in absolute darkness. You experience first-hand what it is like to live for a short while in complete darkness and go about your daily chores and...read more
Human rights and ADR – A Consideration of the Concept of “No Right without a Remedy” and the implications for the UK Legal Profession.
As an undergraduate law student in the late 1970s, I rather enjoyed the lectures that I attended on the fundamentals of jurisprudence, the idea of law. At a time when the UK was barely getting to grips with the ins and outs of EU law and the European Convention on...read more
At present, housing or perhaps more correctly the shortage of it is getting a lot of coverage in the UK and international media. One particular feature of the reporting of what many see as a global crisis is that it seems to centre not so much on addressing these...read more
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Housing Cases from#ASMADR – The Passing of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – A few reflections and consideration of how the UK legal profession might in the best possible sense benefit.
Many will see the enactment of the Passing of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the Act) (1) which will be effective from March 2019, as a triumph not just because of the potential significance of its content but because its Parliamentary sponsor,...read more
Under the banner of headlines such as “Callum Lang heads late winner as League Two Oldham humble Fulham,” the UK Sunday newspapers recently revelled in reporting that in a third round FA Cup tie, a Championship Division 2 side Oldham, beat premiership Fulham 2 - 1 at...read more
I think I can say without fear of contradiction that I read a lot. As anyone who has been to my lovely yet humble abode will not have failed to notice there are books everywhere; all, well, mostly, on shelves, in almost every room, not that there are all that many...read more
If I was being interviewed by a journalist from one of the Sunday supplements and asked to identify my mediation related highlight of 2018, I would unhesitatingly highlight the apology by the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and the expression of regret by a...read more