Resolving tax disputes has traditionally been a time-consuming process in countries around the world. Speaking at the celebration of the completion of Phase 1 of CEDR’s twenty-four month commercial mediation project within the country, Phil Batson, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Moldova, suggested to an audience of lawyers, mediators, policy makers, investors, and Government Ministers, that mediation is not restricted to purely business disputes.
The use of mediation appears to continue to grow in popularity internationally to an exponential degree. As this expansion continues, it is important to maintain a constant dialogue about the role of mediation across the globe and its impact, different approaches, and the challenges faced within different jurisdictions.
During a recent excursion to a café on a sunny Saturday afternoon, a mathematician taught me how to play chess over tea and lunch. Since then, I’ve played another ten games with that same mathematician, and I’ve miraculously only lost nine of them – and as a writer up against someone who actually enjoys mathematics, I consider that a fairly lucky track record.