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John Brand is a consultant and employment and ADR specialist at Bowman Gilfillan. He is also a director of Conflict Dynamics cc. He is a member of the advisory board of the African Centre for Dispute Settlement at Stellenbosch University and is on the executive committee of the National Dispute Settlement Practitioners Council. John is an International Mediation Institute (“IMI”) certified mediator and also serves as a member on the IMI’s Independent Standards Commission. He specialises in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator.
He has written extensively in journals and other publications and recently co-authored “Commercial Mediation – a User’s Guide” and the Second Edition of “Labour Dispute Resolution” both published by Juta.
Over the past 20 years, he has arbitrated and mediated many large commercial and employment disputes and he regularly facilitates negotiation, strategic planning and transformation processes.
He was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s team of international experts appointed to design mediation training for developing countries and he regularly trains mediators from countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. The International Labour Organisation has also commissioned John to design training material and to train parties and trainers from countries across the world in mutual gain negotiation. This training material has been translated into French, Portuguese and Arabic and is used extensively throughout the world.
Some areas of practice include dispute systems design; drafting dispute resolution clauses and agreements; mediation; arbitration and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators.
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