International Mediation in Complex Development Disputes

Event Date: Wednesday March 23, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Wasserstein B015, Harvard Law School Campus, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue

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The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

International Mediation in Complex Development Disputes:

Finding Common Ground between Communities and the Private Sector


Gina BarbieriGina Barbieri

Senior Specialist, Dispute Resolution


David HoffmanDavid Hoffman

Lecturer at Law, Harvard Law School


Wednesday, March 23, 2016
12:00-1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, Basement 015
Harvard Law School Campus
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Free and open to the public; lunch will be provided


About the talk:

The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is the independent recourse mechanism for the private sector arm of the World Bank Group – the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). As such, the CAO responds to complaints from individuals and communities affected by social and environmental project impacts. Focused on achieving outcomes for communities and the private sector across a range of challenging and complex development contexts, CAO Dispute Resolution provides opportunities for project-affected people to engage directly with the private sector to address areas of concern.

David Hoffman, Lecturer at Law at Harvard Law School, will join CAO’s Principal Ombudsman, Gina Barbieri, for a conversation about CAO’s dispute resolution work. Join us to learn how CAO helps communities and companies address environmental and social harm through mediation. The presentation will walk you through a community-company dispute resolution process in Uganda, illustrating some of the key challenges of addressing community concerns through mediation, as well as the outcomes achieved through this process.

About the Speaker:

Gina Barbieri, Senior Specialist, Dispute Resolution
Gina, a South African human rights lawyer and dispute resolution professional, manages CAO’s Dispute Resolution function. Before joining CAO, she ran a legal practice specializing in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She has mediated numerous disputes in the employment, commercial, and community arena and is the author of two books on labor practice in the public and private sector. Gina coauthored and edited two IFC publications on the establishment of ADR Centers in emerging markets and guidelines on the practice of ADR. She is a cofounder of the African Institute for Mediation, served as the Deputy Head of the Africa Center for Dispute Settlement, Stellenbosch University Business School, and sat on the steering committee for the establishment of the African Mediation Association. She obtained her BComm LL.B from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a CEDR (UK) and IMI accredited international mediator.

David A. Hoffman is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on Mediation and Legal Profession: Collaborative Law. He also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Negotiation Institute, where he teaches the Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes.

David is a mediator, arbitrator, and attorney at Boston Law Collaborative (BLC), LLC, which he founded in 2003. BLC was the recipient in 2009 of the American Bar Association’s annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award, and in 2010 of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s annual Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR. David was previously a litigation and family law partner at Hill & Barlow, where he practiced for 17 years.

David has published three books on dispute resolution: Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution (Butterworth Legal Publishers 1996) (with co-author Prof. David Matz); Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (Jossey-Bass 2003) (with co-editor Daniel Bowling); and Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals (MCLE 2014).

David is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1970, summa cum laude), Cornell University (M.A., American Studies, 1974), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

A video recording of this event is available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

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