Roebuck Lecture: Mandating Mediation - The Digital Solution
Roebuck Lecture will be delivered by The Rt. Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls.
The Roebuck Lecture, now in its 12th year, is named after Professor Derek Roebuck MCIArb and celebrates the very significant contribution he has made to the Institute over the years, principally as Editor of Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management.
Sir Geoffrey Vos will deliver his lecture titled Mandating Mediation - The Digital Solution. Sir Geoffrey Vos was appointed Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales on 11 January 2021. In addition to being President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, the Master of the Rolls is chair of both the Civil Justice Council and the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. His office’s historical responsibility for records of national importance continues today in his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research. As a member of the LawtechUK Panel and as chairman of its UK Jurisdiction Taskforce, he contributes to the government-backed initiative supporting the technological transformation of the UK legal sector.
Mediation is already mandated in many jurisdictions. However, there is no standardised approach as to how mandated mediation can and should work globally. As discussions about how mandated mediation continue to unfold around the world, Sir Geoffrey will explore how digital technologies could pave the way towards mainstream adoption of mediation, what is required of mediators to facilitate that change and how such changes will impact on practice.
The Roebuck Lecture will be delivered in-person at CIArb Headquarters in London and streamed live for our global audience. Register to join us in-person or online.
This lecture takes place each summer and is one of the highlights of CIArb's events calendar. This event is open to practicing lawyers, arbitrators, mediators, barristers, corporate counsel, business professionals, students with interest in ADR and academics from around the world. CIArb extends the online live viewing of this year’s Roebuck Lecture to the whole ADR community worldwide, complimentary.
6:00pm Welcome address from Catherine Dixon, Director General of CIArb
6:10pm Lecture delivered by Rt. Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos
7:00pm Q&A moderated by Jane Gunn, President of CIArb
This event will be broadcasted live online at 6.00pm GMT+1 (UK time),please check your local time zone. Questions will be taken in person and via livestream chat.
ONLINE attendance to this event is free of charge, but registration is required. Register here and select Virtual Event Ticket.
IN-PERSONattendance will take place at 12 Bloomsbury Square. Tickets are strictly limited, book now to secure your place. Purchasing a ticket to the in-person event will provide automatic access to the virtual event as well, free of charge.
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CIArb members in-person
Join us in person for the lecture and the networking opportunity with CIArb leadership, including Board of Trustees members, CIArb President Jane Gunn and CIArb Director General Catherine Dixon. Drinks and nibbles will be available after the lecture and are included in registration cost.
Sir Geoffrey Vos was appointed Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales on 11 January 2021. In addition to being President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, the Master of the Rolls is chair of both the Civil Justice Council and the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. His office’s historical responsibility for records of national importance continues today in his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research. As a member of the LawtechUK Panel and as chairman of its UK Jurisdiction Taskforce, he contributes to the government-backed initiative supporting the technological transformation of the UK legal sector.
Prior to his appointment as Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey was Chancellor of the High Court from October 2016, responsible for its Chancery Division and the work of the Business and Property Courts. Appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013, he served as President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from 2015 to 2016.
Sir Geoffrey began his judicial career with appointment as a deputy High Court Judge in 1999. Having sat in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey between 2005 and 2009, and in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009, he was appointed as a High Court Judge in October 2009.
Called to the Bar in 1977, Sir Geoffrey built a practice – both in the UK and internationally – in chancery and commercial law. He took silk in 1993 and later served as chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and as chairman of the Bar Council in 2007.
Sir Geoffrey was chairman of the Social Mobility Foundation from 2008-2011. He is a Master of the Bench at both the Inner Temple and Lincoln’s Inn and is an honorary fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
Catherine joined CIArb as Director General in May 2020 having set the world record for circumnavigation of the world on a tandem. Prior to setting her world record, Catherine spent time in Chief Executive Officer roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, a Higher and Further Education College and at NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held Senior Executive Director and General Counsel roles at the NSPCC and BUPA and in Canada at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Catherine started her professional career in private practice as a solicitor, at Eversheds Sutherland and was an Officer in the British Army. Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Queens Counsel Appointments, LawWorks, National Pro Bono Centre, the PDSA, the Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Landex and was the Deputy Chair of the IBA LGBTQI Committee. Catherine is currently a trustee of Stonewall and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open University. Catherine is a solicitor and accredited mediator and has a MBA.
Jane Gunn is a highly sought after consultant, facilitator and speaker. She specializes in collaboration, cross-cultural communication and transforming business relationships and has helped open the eyes, hearts and minds of numerous companies to transform and secure the future of their organisation and the commitment and collaboration of their people.
As a trained mediator and facilitator she brings a diverse mix of skills, experience and insight that enable her to get people and groups with different priorities, incentives and ways of doing things, to work together successfully. She has a powerful message supported by practical tools and techniques that applies to organizations of all sizes across all sectors.
Jane is the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a former director and board member of the Civil Mediation Council of England and Wales (CMC). She is a past president of the Professional Speaking Association of the UK and Ireland (PSA UKI). She is also a member of the Advisory Committee to QUADRA in Italy.
She has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the White House, the European Commission and the International Energy Agency and has fulfilled a number of other international speaking engagements. She has worked with organisations large and small including Cable & Wireless, The NHS, BAA, Bacardi-Martini, McLaren Racing, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and many more.
She is also the author of two popular books on conflict management “How to Beat Bedlam in the Boardroom and Boredom in the Bedroom” and “The Authority Guide to Conflict Resolution”.