John Brand has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a lawyer, retired consultant, ADR specialist at Bowmans and also a director of Conflict Dynamics (Pty) Ltd. He serves on the ADR Advisory Committee of the South African Law Reform Commission and is on the Executive Committee of the National Dispute Settlement Practitioners Council.
John is an International Mediation Institute (IMI) certified mediator and serves as a member on the IMI’s Independent Standards Commission. He specialised in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator.
John has arbitrated and mediated many large commercial and employment disputes and 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.
John specialised in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators over the past 30 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 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 has written extensively in journals and other publications and co-authored “Commercial Mediation – a User’s Guide” and “Labour Dispute Resolution”, both published by Juta.