MEDIATION WEEK MEETINGS

08 October 2015

The third week of October is International Mediation Week. The 2015 Mediation Week theme is:

Mediation: Successes, Challenges, Trends and the Next Generation: Looking to the past, present and future

The South African reality of increased legal spend, backlogs in the court system and unequal access to justice makes this topic particularly pertinent for the mediation community. Mediation is seen as a way of addressing these challenges.

Conflict Dynamics takes this opportunity to celebrate the strides that have been made to institutionalize mediation as a formal resolution process available to parties in dispute, and to recognise the challenges facing us in expanding the use of mediation in South Africa.

Join us to celebrate the past and rally towards the future with a drink, networking with fellow mediators and a view of where we come from and where we are heading.  The specific theme we will explore is:

How to Encourage the Use of Mediation in the Civil Justice System

CAPE TOWN

When:              Tuesday, 20 October at 17h30

Where:            Bowman Gillfillan Auditorium Cape Town

Programme:

John Brand, Conflict Dynamics director will contextualize the event and introduce the following speakers:

Chris Todd, senior partner at Bowman Gilfillan will speak to the constitutionality of mandatory mediation.

Varsha Sewlal, Master of the KZN-Natal High Court Durban and Project Leader Transformation of State Legal Services Department of Justice & Constitutional Development will discuss the use of mediation in relation to the transformation of state legal services.

Kate O’Regan, mediator and previously Constitutional Court Judge will sum up the presentations and add remarks.

JOHANNESBURG

When:             Thursday, 22 October at 17h30

Where:            Bowman Gilfillan Auditorium Sandton

Programme:

John Brand, Conflict Dynamics director will contextualize the event and introduce the following speakers:

Chris Todd, senior partner at Bowman Gilfillan will speak to the constitutionality of mandatory mediation.

Varsha Sewlal, Master of the KZN-Natal High Court Durban and Project Leader of Transformation of State Legal Services Department of Justice & Constitutional Development will discuss the use of mediation in relation to the transformation of state legal services.

Martin Brassey, senior advocate and acting judge will consider the use of cost award to encourage the use of mediation.

Dunstan Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa will give a judicial perspective on the role of mediation in the civil justice system.

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