This is an excellent Book by two internationally acknowledged experts, pioneers and practitioners in the field of Mediation, which will appeal to a wide readership, including sports lawyers, sports administrators, promoters and marketers.
With so much money circulating in sport nowadays, sports-related disputes are on the increase and the international sporting community, on the whole, prefers to settle disputes by some form of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) rather than through the Courts.
Mediation in sport, as well as in other fields, is proving popular and effective for this purpose, especially as Mediation is a non-confrontational process and tends to restore relationships, especially business ones, for the future. Witness, for example, the dispute, a number of years ago, between Frank Warren, the boxing promoter, and Richie Woodhall, the former WBC Super Middleweight boxing champion. This dispute had all the makings of a bitter, long and expensive fight in the Courts, but was mediated and settled within 72 hours, through the auspices of CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), of which the Authors of this Book are co-founders.
The Book, amongst others, addresses and answers the following pertinent questions:
- How does Mediation work and what will it cost?
- What are the limitations?
- What skills are required?
- How long will it take?
- What is the likelihood of success
- How are the outcomes enforced?
- How can businesses best use Mediation?
The Book also usefully includes some wide-ranging Case Studies and International Materials, including the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation of 21 May, 2008, as well as a section on Further Reading and also the CPR (the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution) 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge, which has been signed by 50 major international companies around the world.
There is also a workmanlike Index.
All in all, this Book is a welcome addition to the literature on International Mediation and one, which those with an interest in the subject and those who want to know more about it, would do without at their peril!
Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
International Sports Lawyer, Academic, Author and Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport