This Monday evening, CEDR launched the 3rd edition of ‘International Mediation: Breaking Business Deadlock’ by Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) and Dr Karl Mackie CBE. We believe this update – a decade since the last edition – with useful guidance on how to prepare for an international mediation. General Counsels and Law Firm Partners gathered at hosts DLA Piper in London to hear from the authors about their work.

The purpose of the first edition, published in 1996, was to introduce European organisations and their lawyers to the use of mediation as a tool to resolve International Disputes, and invite them to develop this practice. Ten years later, in 2006, the book was reviewed to include very concrete examples of International Mediation based on the author’s experience in the past decade. The 2016 edition draws from over 26 years of experience working with organisations in conflict. It seeks to provide organisations that wish to resolve their disputes with up-to-date material, case studies, documentation and guidance through mediation. There has been a dramatic increase in the recognition and use of mediation since the publication of the first edition. As such, this book is aimed at educating new practitioners and users in this field who will want to learn how to get the best out of the process.

“For those who spend their time advising and leading business organisations, [this book] provides wisdom and practical tips for bringing good practice and cost-effectiveness to their management of disputes with the many stakeholders which corporations and other organisations have to engage with both as domestic and international levels”
– Sean McGovern, Chief Compliance Officer at XL Catlin, former General Counsel of Lloyd’s of London –

The new book provides a picture of what happens in international mediation and how it is structured, and contains practical guidance designed to enable all p arties to benefit fully from the process.

It answers questions such as:

  • How does mediation work and what will it cost?
  • What are the limitations?
  • What skills are required?
  • How long will it take?
  • How are the outcomes enforced?
  • How can businesses best use mediation?

The book is also illustrated by case studies demonstrating how and why international mediation works and why it is such a powerful tool in resolving business conflict.

The authors are particularly grateful to all of those who contributed to the publication, including In-House Counsel from AIG, Santander, Catlin XL, Shell, Standard Chartered, Wolseley, PWC, Lloyd’s and Marks and Spencer.

The book is now available in paperback and eBook at Bloomsbury Professional:

Dr. Karl Mackie a mediator and Chief Executive for The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).