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What a Judge needed to unlearn before he became a mediator

Nice post over at the mysterious (adventures in learning the practice of mediation) about the power of the process.

“I had a great learning moment in my PON class last night… Our student mediator shared that not being a judge, not being able to provide any legal advice or make any decisions about the case, he was uncertain where to go.

As mediators, if we reveal this all to the parties, what would they think? What power would we have?

That’s when light bulbs blinked on over all of our heads. We could see it. The power of the mediator lies in the process”


Have a look at this UK Court of Appeal Judge’s take on what he had to unlearn to become a mediator after 18 years on the Bench.

Thanks Human Law Mediation


Geoff Sharp

Geoff Sharp is a Commercial Mediator from Wellington, New Zealand. Geoff works in the Asia Pacific region, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Islands. He is a mediator resolving business problems. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and mediates complex and hotly debated litigation covering… MORE >

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