Writing this having just returned from Hong Kong. Been a full on week and a bit, starting in Vienna last Sunday at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), doing 2 days of conflict management training for internal staff. Great venue at the Hofburg Palace, so not a bad place to work and really enjoyed workingwith the group. Back to London briefly before flying to Hong Kong on Wednesday. Did quite a few different things while out there including:
- Hong Kong CEDR mediator's reunion looking at 'Dealing with Difficult People in mediation'. We looked at the following: Angry, Nasty, Upset, Postional Lawyer, Someone not engage in the process
- 2 days Enhanced Negotiation skills Training for one of the major law firms
- Mediation training for the Hong Kong Judiciary- This was held at the High Court and went over two evenings. Hong Kong is about to launch new civil justice reforms similar to those in the Uk in 1999, and mediation is one of the things which has been a focus. Therefore we were speaking to Judges about the process and issues around suitability, timing and convincing parties. Lord Woolf happened to be in Hong Kong sitting on the Court of Appeal and kindly agreed to speak on the 2nd eveining. My colleague, Danny and I then had dinner with him before I jumped on the plane back to London.
Trip to Washington now cancelled, so have a week at home before off to Brussels and 2nd leg of Kiev. project. I will keep you posted.