Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2006

Abstract

Alexander: Can you describe your professional role and how it relates to international mediation?Leathes: I have been an in-house counsel for most of my 36-year career, including general counsel of Pfizer International and of International Distillers & Vintners and general manager of BAT’s intellectual propertycompany. In all these roles I have been responsible for litigation portfolios internationally—in total, thousands of cases. Before I figured out a better way, I’m certain that I must have been responsible for about as many losses as wins. Then, in the late 80s, I discovered mediation…A: And what happened?L: Together with the teams of people I was leading, we resolved the majority of our cases through negotiation, assisted by a neutral or, more frequently, through the application of interest-based negotiation techniques.Often, we proposed settlement talks. This reduced our risk profile considerably and saved a lot of cost. It also earned us a reputation of being people who want to resolve, people you can talk to.A: Tell me about the changes that you have seen in international disputeresolution during the past five years.

Discipline

Conflict of Laws | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Research Areas

Dispute Resolution

Publication

ADR Bulletin: The monthly newsletter on dispute resolution

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

72

Last Page

74

ISSN

1440-4540

Publisher

Bond University, Dispute Resolution Centre

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol9/iss4/4/

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