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20 JAN 2017
Category: Online Dispute Resolution Author: Petros Zourdoumis Comments: 1

Online Justice has arrived to British Columbia

The proposal to create online courts has been the subject matter of discussions for many years. Several reports by prominent judges have been released all pointing to a new age of administering justice online.  One of these courts, the online civil tribunal (CRT), has begun its operations in British Columbia (BC), Canada on 13 July 2016. The CRT's design has some strong similarities with the proposed online courts, and could…

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25 OCT 2016
Category: Online Dispute Resolution Author: Petros Zourdoumis Comments: 0

What Role Should Technology Play in Mediation?

Much has been written about the growing impact of technology in society, so it’s only appropriate that we consider the role of technology in mediation. It’s no longer a question of should we let technology in the door – it’s already there. The better question now is, “What is the legitimate role of the ‘fourth party’ in the room?”

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18 SEP 2016
Category: Mediation Author: Petros Zourdoumis Comments: 0

Applying Cynefin Complexity Theory to Mediation

Cynefin is a Welsh word that means we are influenced by multiple factors in our environment that we can never fully understand.  It is a good way to describe the complex world we are experiencing in this early part of the 21st century. Read a very interesting paper written by... 

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26 APR 2016
Category: Mediation Author: Petros Zourdoumis Comments: 1

Are we Missing the Point? – A Young Mediator’s Perspective about Mediation in India

There is a TV commercial going around which begins with flashes of hard-hitting questions such as: what is the age of the universe? What is the meaning of life? Etc. It then moves on to simpler questions like: What is your favourite colour? Do you like pizza…? Then, suddenly, the screen blacks out. You see a silhouette of a motorbike appearing from the dark with a deep voice in the background saying ...

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26 APR 2016
Category: Negotiations Author: Petros Zourdoumis Comments: 0

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

As parents, there are two types of relationships that consume most of our parenting thoughts: the relationship between parent and child and the relationship between siblings. Where there are one or more siblings in a family, there are almost certainly going to be conflicts, and the number of conflicts usually...

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