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European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice - EMTPJ
August 2010 Course Information
The trainers/lecturers are responsible for the contents and execution of their sessions and check attendance of the participants. The trainers/lecturers are at least accredited mediators or academics with sufficient teaching experience. Candidates for future courses must express their expertise in a verifiable manner, and be able to demonstrate this at the request of the AIA. An assessment/evaluation of the lecturers/trainers will be conducted by the students following the course by means of an evaluation form.
  1. Amanda Bucklow
  2. Charles-Middleton Smith
  3. Johan Billiet
  4. Rhys Clift
  5. Philipp-Howell Richardson
  6. Frank Fleerackers
  7. William O’Brian
  8. Tony Cole
  9. Anne Toos Bik
  10. Karin Iest

1. Amanda Bucklow

  • Teaching experience: Educator and coach, faculty for MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives), Course Developer: Mediation Skills for Coaches, Managerial Courage, Risk Management for Project Managers, In-house dispute resolution systems and sector specific mediation courses, Training company: facilit8 communications limited - co-trainer with Charles Middleton-Smith
  • Expertise: international commercial disputes, transport, commodity trading and foreign currency hedging, banking, regulated industries, IT and telecoms, manufacturing, employment, unions, publishing, retail and leisure.
  • Mediator accreditations: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Spoken languages: French, German, Italian, English
  • Other: Author of the first professional research project into the competencies of UK mediators, recommended in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500

2. Charles-Middleton Smith

  • Teaching experience: Co-Trainer with Amanda Bucklow / facilit8 communications limited
  • Expertise: Corporate and commercial contract cases, agency and distribution contracts and sale of goods, disputes with an international dimension, intellectual property, media, entertainment, sport and fine art, financial services, assisted deal making
  • Mediator accreditations: Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Other: Has received recommendations in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500 since 2001

3. Johan Billiet

  • Teaching experience: Lecturer in law at the Brussels Business School, EHSAL, Belgium, 1985-1991
  • Expertise: Distribution law, commercial and civil disputes, ad hoc arbitrations, domestic and international arbitrations
  • Mediator accreditations: Mediator in civil and commercial matters, registered mediator in Belgium
  • Spoken languages: English, French, Dutch
  • Other: Deputy Judge of Court of First Instance in Brussels, 1981-present, has received recommendations in Who’s Who Legal for arbitration

4. Rhys Clift

  • Teaching experience: Highly regarded public speaker internationally, has spoken on mediation and dispute resolution in the UK, Cyprus, France, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Venezuela
  • Expertise: Marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, charter party and bill of lading disputes, maritime casualties, off-shore construction, policy drafting, commercial fraud investigation, multi-jurisdictional disputes
  • Mediator accreditations: CEDR, has acted as judge and mediator in ICC Paris
  • Spoken languages: French, English
  • Other: Author of “A Comparison Between Arbitration and Mediation,” “Mediation FAQS” (published in 14 languages)

5. Philipp-Howell Richardson

  • Teaching experience: Visiting Professor in Mediation at the University of Hong Kong,
  • Expertise: Financial and commercial disputes, international commercial disputes, insurance disputes, Professional negligence disputes, Banking disputes, construction disputes, property disputes, employment disputes
  • Mediator accreditations: Chairman of ADR Net since 1995, Founding member of Panel of Independent Mediators, Member of the Court of Appeal Advisory Committee on Mediation and Court of Appeal Mediator, Member of CEDR, Construction Conciliation group, CMAP, TeCSA, Panel mediator for WIPO, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Conciliators Panel, International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Panel, Sports Disputes Resolution Panel, London Court of International Arbitration, Civil Mediation Panel
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Other: Consultant Editor of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Governor of Clifton College, Bristol, Member of Chartered Institute for Arbitrators with particular input on Mediation and other ADR developments,

6. Frank Fleerackers

  • Teaching experience: Professor of Law and Conflict Analysis at Brussels University KUB Faculty of Law, Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the European Academy of Legal Theory
  • Expertise: Conflict analysis, legal interpretation and education
  • Spoken languages: English, Dutch
  • Other: Director of an interdisciplinary center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Enhancement (CARE); Dean Faculty of law of the Brussels HUB University

7. William O’Brian

  • Teaching experience: Professor of Law at University of Warwick
  • Expertise: Tort Law, Law of Evidence, Private International Law, Commercial Dispute Settlement
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Other: Currently conducting research at the Criminal Cases Review Commission on expert evidence criminal cases, and is working on several papers on legal theory, Dean Faculty of law of the University of Warwick

8. Tony Cole

  • Teaching experience: Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, courses taught: International Economic Law, International Arbitration: Foreign Investment Disputes, Law and the International Business Environment
  • Expertise: International Economic Law, International Arbitration, Foreign Investment Disputes, Law and the International Business Environment
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Other: Has conducted research in International Arbitration and Investment Law, Legal and Political Theory, Comparative Law, International Labour Rights, History of Philosophy, International Refugee Law, International Trade.

9. Anne Toos Bik

  • Dutch law degree, Utrecht University
  • Management education with KPN
  • Experience as one of the project leaders in our national court connected mediation program.
  • Teaching experience: trainer (since 1996) in communication and mediation skills as in conflict interaction at School voor Coaching, Instituut voor geschillen and at various Courts of the Dutch Judiciary as well as in Croatia and Albania
  • Expertise: labour related conflicts, business conflicts and conflicts with governmental bodies, labour law, administrative law and business law. Complaint handling is another expertise
  • Mediator accreditations: certified by the Netherlands Mediation Institute (NMI) Rotterdam and certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI)
  • Spoken languages: Dutch, English and German
  • Other: Several publications: in TC (magazine of conflict handling) and co-author of : “Conflict with the mediator” NMI kennisreeks / SDU publishers

10. Karin Iest

  • Dutch law degree, and Dutch doctorate degree in legal science (Dr),
    Master of Laws (LL.M.) University of Pennsylvania Law school,
    Philadelphia USA
  • Teaching experience: trainer (since 1995) in mediation, skills in conflict interaction, and ethical aspects of dispute resolution at University of Leiden and Amsterdam Law School (Moot Court), Center for Conflict management Haarlem, Merlijn Group Nuland, Association of Family mediators, and in workshops for several other mediators organizations
  • Expertise: labour relations, business law, cooperations, estates, and ethics
  • Mediator accreditations: certified by the Netherlands Mediation Institute (NMI) Rotterdam, and the ACB Group (ADR in business)
  • Spoken languages: Dutch, English
  • Other: author of Pocketbook Mediation, and of the Chapter on ethical aspects in the Dutch Handbook Mediation, Sdu publishers, The Hague 2009, and several articles on ethical dilemmas