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Dame Hazel Genn on ADR

2nd January 2009

Dame Hazel Genn is a distinguished authority on civil justice and a leading researcher on the Government´s ADR initiatives.

Dame Genn´s recent Hamlyn lectures ´Judging Civil Justice´ covered a trio of civil justice issues. The second lecture ´ADR & Civil Justice: What´s justice got to do with it?´ considered developments in ADR policy and practice in civil justice over the last decade and discussed the intriguing role and influence of the judiciary – in particular in relation to mediation. The lecture drew on research findings from England and abroad, the lecture considered why the judiciary and government have been vigorously promoting mediation; what mediation offers as compared with traditional settlement and adjudication; and what it offers in terms of access to justice.

Dame Genn registered strong views querying the Woolf Reforms and questioning the motivation of commercial ADR providers and highlighting the plight of the public customer seeking justice in small county courts. For a fuller account see Joshua Rosenberg´s article in the Law Society Gazette below.

Link: Article – Law Society Gazette.

Link: Summary of ADR research in the UK – ADR Now.

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