A piece I wrote for an Employment Law conference has been published in the Journal online – see http://www.journalonline.co.uk/Preview/1011021.aspx Entitled ‘Business as Usual’ it sets out a vision of the future in which mediation is integrated into the lawyer’s toolkit.
Strathclyde Law School’s mediation team, which includes the 3rd placed mediator in the UK Competition, will be competing in the 11th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament on 23rd and 24th March. Organised by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution – http://www.inadr.org/ – this year’s competition has attracted 46 teams from all over the world, including the USA, Canada, the UK and Germany. The Strathclyde students have been practising hard since the Glasgow competition in November and are looking forward to testing their mediation skills in the ‘big pond’ of North America. The team is coached by Charlie and Alison Ebbitt.
The following was printed on the Strathclyde University website:
Strathclyde University Law School was delighted to play host last week 24-26 November to the 4th UK National Mediation Competition for Law Schools. Sixteen teams participated including two from the US and one from Germany. Following a masterclass on 24th November, run by Case Ellis and Tom Valenti, two leading Chicago mediators, and our own Professor Charlie Irvine, the teams conducted three rounds of mediations. Each round was judged by experienced practitioners from throughout the UK. The competition climaxed on Saturday evening with an award ceremony at the closing dinner. There were separate awards for individuals and teams. First prize in the individual competition went to Sri Carmichael of BPP Law School, London, with BPP’s two teams picking up first and second prizes in the team awards. Strathclyde itself performed very well indeed with Hayley Gibson, a Diploma graduate from 2011 and now a trainee with HBJ Gateley Wareing in Edinburgh, being placed third equal. Carol King, Strathclyde’s reserve, was part of the third placed team overall having been asked to stand in by Drake Law School, Iowa as a result of the unavailability of one of their students.
Professor Mark Poustie Head of the Law School commented: ‘Strathclyde has played host to and participated in many mooting competitions with considerable success and I am delighted that we were able to play host to this national mediation competition and that our students performed so well. It is heartening to see the levels of student interest in mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism and the extent to which mediation is now finding its way onto UK law school curricula. This bodes well for clients having access to a wider range of appropriate dispute settlement mechanisms to suit their needs in future. Strathclyde is pleased to be playing a part in these developments not least with the launch of our MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution earlier this year and the launch of a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice elective in mediation. I am particularly grateful to my colleague, Professor Charlie Irvine for taking the initiative to host the event, to the sponsors, Core Solutions and BTO Solicitors without whose generous assistance the event would not have been possible and to the eminent judges from the US and the UK who so generously gave of their time to support the competition. Congratulations to all the participants and particularly those who won prizes.’
The full list of participating teams was as follows: BPP Law School (2 teams); City Law School, City University, London; College of Law, Bloomsbury; Christchurch University, Canterbury; Drake Law School, Iowa (USA); Glasgow Caledonian University; Kingston University, London; Lewis University, Chicago (USA); Liverpool John Moores University; Manchester Metropolitan University; Queens University, Belfast; University of Aberdeen; University of Central Lancashire (2 teams); University of Dundee; University of Edinburgh; University of Munich (Germany); and the University of Strathclyde Law School.
29 November 2011
The following was originally posted on the University of Stratclyde website:
The Law School is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlie Irvine, Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network, as a Visiting Professor from 1 September 2011.
Charlie Irvine is already a Visiting Lecturer at Strathclyde Law School and an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He has played a lead role (along with Dr Bryan Clark) in developing the PgCert and now MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Strathclyde. Charlie will lead the new MSc which is about to be launched this autumn. It is an exciting interdisciplinary programme focusing on both the theory and practical skills training in mediation and other forms of alternative (ie non-court) dispute resolution (ADR). Charlie has also been instrumental in developing a joint Strathclyde- John Marshall Law School mediation summer school which has now had two very successful years. He has also published on mediation in both professional and refereed journals and has just been invited to be a regular contributor to the Kluwer International Mediation blog.
Charlie’s role will also encompass lecturing on Alternative Dispute Resolution to LLB students, developing a Mediation elective for the new Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and providing support on mediation for the Law School’s award-winning Clinic.
Welcoming the appointment, Professor Mark Poustie, Head of the Law School said, ‘I am delighted that the University has appointed Charlie Irvine as a Visiting Professor. This is appropriate recognition for Charlie’s very significant input into the Law School over the last few years and in particular his leading role, along with Dr Bryan Clark, in developing the Pg Certificate and now the MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The appointment also recognises Charlie’s status within the mediation profession. My colleagues and I look forward to continuing to work with Charlie in the future.’
1 September 2011