Dr. Martin Svatos, Ph.D.

Martin is one of the leading Czech mediators and arbitrators acknowledged by several international awards. He has acted in more than 250 both international and domestic cases in mediation (more than 1000 mediated hours). He focuses mainly on IT law, energy law and construction disputes. With the success rate of more than 85% of the cases, he belongs to the most successful mediators in Central Europe. His experiences in alternative dispute resolution were appreciated when he became the Secretary to the Working group of the ICC Czech Republic for mediation. Martin has acted in several arbitrations both as presiding arbitrator, member of an arbitral tribunal and of counsel  (Czech Exchange Arbitration Court, Arbitration Court attached to the Czech Chamber of Commerce and  Agriculture, VIAC, Czech Football Association). Martin lectures at the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and at the Seminar of European and Comparative Law in Urbino (Italy) where he is in charge of the negotiation, mediation and arbitration courses. He has been visiting professor at many universities all around the world (Faculté Libre de Droit Institut Catholique de Toulouse, at the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia), at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law and at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (both PRC), Georgetown University (Washington DC)). He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences.

Guest Speakers:

Andrija Erac

Andrija is a Deputy Manager at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Within the ICC International Centre for ADR, he is responsible for accompanying businesses, states and state entities, their legal representatives and neutrals in proceedings administered under the ICC Mediation Rules, Expert, DOCDEX and Dispute Board Rules. He is a lawyer with work experience gained in international organisations as well as in the public, private and NGO sector. Before joining the ICC Andrija was working at the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs on good governance matters. Andrija earned both his bachelor and his master degree at Sciences Po and carried out his studies in France, Italy, Spain and Canada. He speaks Serbian, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Sabine Walsh

Sabine is a mediator, educator, and academic and runs a busy national and cross-border mediation practice alongside teaching and training.
She has a keen interest in mediator education and higher education and designed and co-ordinates two innovative postgraduate programmes in mediation and conflict management in St. Angela’s College Sligo (National University of Ireland). She also provides mediation training in the private sector and runs workshops and seminars on conflict management and mediation.
She has a particular passion for online education and designs courses for the award-winning online mediation education company MediatorAcademy.com.
She is a regular writer for the Kluwer Mediation Blog, has published articles on mediation and mediator education and is co-editor of the EU Mediation Law Handbook (Kluwer, 2017). She has presented at mediation conferences in many different countries and held the office of President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland for three years.

Andrew Goodman (prof.)

Prof. Andrew Goodman LL.B., MBA, PhD, FCIArb, FInstCPD, FRSA, Barrister, CEDR Mediator, IMI mediation advocate, Bar, Inner Temple, International Advocacy Training Council and Nottingham Law School advocacy trainer and consultant in conflict avoidance and management, and dispute strategy practices nationally and internationally from 1 Chancery Lane, London, UK and is a Master of the Bench of Inner Temple.

He has been an arbitrator since 1988, a CEDR mediator since 1993 and works in that capacity and as a mediation advocate, trainer, advisor and consultant to governments, judiciaries, Bars and companies. Andrew is widely recognized as a thought leader in the field of mediation through his writing and lectures. He is Convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, Director of the Association of Mediation Assessors, Trainers and Instructors and a member of the Bar ADR Panel, (was until January, 2019) the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute and Co-Chair of the IMI Mediation Advocacy Appraisal Sub-Committee. He is currently a visiting mediation and dispute management trainer to the Hong Kong, Nepal, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir Bar Associations and the Judicial Academy of the Nepal Supreme Court, the Nepal International ADR Centre, the Thailand Arbitration Centre, and the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. He is an advisor on mediation to the Turkish Court of Cassation and the High Council of Justice in Brussels.

Andrew is a senior mediator at the Joint Mainland-Hong Kong Mediation Centre; the Nepal International ADR Centre; the A+ ADR Centre, Ankara, the Oakwell Mediation Centre, Lagos and the Thailand Arbitration Centre; he is a Senior International Mediation Expert (SIME) of the International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute (PRC). His areas of professional practice extend to commercial, property, construction, oil and gas, partnership, franchising, professional negligence and farming disputes. He has been recommended as a leading junior in professional indemnity work and mediation in the Legal 500 for 23 years ( qualifying for the Legal 500 ‘Hall of Fame’) and for four years was listed in Chambers Directory as a leading practitioner is ADR. He is currently Professor of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Studies at Rushmore University, a sometime visiting lecturer on the LLM/MA courses in Dispute Resolution at UCL and SOAS, University of London, and a peripatetic lecturer in mediation at 10 other UK universities; he is a visiting lecturer in arbitration and mediation at the Dubai Real Estate Institute, a guest lecturer to the University of Ghent LLM Alumni Association and a sessional lecturer at Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand. In 2019 he will be lecturing at the Zealand Business School, Denmark.

Between 2007-2010 he was Director of Mediation Training for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and led the CMC approved RICS mediator training courses in the UK and abroad until 2013. He was a guest lecturer on ADR for the Lord Chancellor’s Visiting Chinese Lawyers’ Fellowship Programme and has trained in mediation and conflict management and contracts management in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Nigeria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nepal, Thailand, India, Poland, Germany, France and Belgium; he advises governments, judiciaries and NGOs on mediation advocacy in Belgium, Croatia, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Singapore, Thailand, Kurdistan and the People’s Republic of China. He speaks widely on the subject both on an in-house and open basis.

He is the author and editor of nearly 50 books and 12 journals including Preparing for Mediation – A Guide for Consumers (Mediation Publishing 2015) Effective Mediation Advocacy – A Guide for Practitioners (3rd edn Mediation Publishing 2016 with practitioner and student editions in the UK and dedicated editions in Hong Kong, Nigeria, Turkey (Turkish language) and India); the contributor of the chapter on Evaluative Mediation in Mastering Commercial Mediation Richbell and Others (Bloomsbury 2014) and the chapter on Nepal to the Asia Mediation Handbook (Thomson Sweet & Maxwell HK 2015); author of How Judges Decide Cases: Reading, Writing and Analyzing Judgments (2nd edn Wildys 2018), Effective Written Advocacy in Practice (2nd edn Wildys 2011), although he is most well-known as author of The Court Guide (20th edn PP Publishing 2011-12).

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