Interview with Lord Harry Woolf, mediation proponent, on International Dispute Negotiation podcast

IDN podcast on judicial reformThe latest edition of the International Dispute Negotiation (IDN) podcast, a series of discussions on hot topics in cross-border commercial conflict resolution, is now available for listening or downloading.

In this episode Michael McIlwrath, Senior Counsel, Litigation for GE Infrastructure – Oil & Gas, and Kathleen Bryan, President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), interview Lord Harry Woolf of Barnes, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Royal Courts of Justice, U.K.

Lord Woolf spearheaded judicial reform in England’s civil justice system, his goal to make justice more accessible to all. His report, Access to Justice (1996), laid the groundwork for the widespread acceptance of mediation and other forms of ADR in England. In the interview, Lord Woolf describes the principles that informed the judicial reform movement and also discusses his views on mediation (“I wanted the litigants to be in control, not the lawyers”).

From the interview:

[We] tried to identify what was it that the litigation system should do. And the first one was to resolve disputes. And the second one was to do so justly.

If you seek intelligent discussion and thoughtful analysis of the issues most relevant to lawyers in international practice and in particular to dispute resolution professionals everywhere, look no further than the International Dispute Resolution podcast series.

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