John Brand is a director of Conflict Dynamics (Pty) Ltd. and is a retired director and ADR specialist at Bowmans. He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He specialised in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators and is an International Mediation Institute certified mediator and a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator.
John is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee of the South African Law Reform Commission and of the International Mediation Institutes Independent Standards Commission.
Over the past 30 years, he has arbitrated and mediated many large commercial and employment disputes and he regularly facilitated negotiation, strategic planning and transformation processes. He co-designed the conciliation and arbitration induction training for the CCMA and has trained many of South Africa’s employment and commercial mediators and arbitrators over the past 20 years.
He was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s team of international experts appointed to design mediation training for developing countries and he regularly trained mediators from countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. The International Labour Organisation has also commissioned John to design training material and to train parties and trainers from countries across the world in mutual gain negotiation. This training material has been translated into French, Portuguese and Arabic and is used extensively throughout the world.
John also participated in two facilitations in the Northern Ireland peace process for the communities of Belfast and Portadown and trained and consulted to parties in the Basque peace process. Most recently he facilitated and led the 6 member Gold Working Group of companies in the successful multi-billion Rand silicosis class action settlement negotiations.
He has written extensively in journals and other publications and co-authored the second editions of ‘Labour Dispute Resolution’ and ‘Commercial Mediation: A User’s Guide’, both published by Juta.