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With: Greg Dyke (former BBC Director General), Lord Evans (Government Spokesperson in the Lords), Lord Hurd (former Foreign Secretary), Baroness Kennedy (Barrister and Broadcaster), Alan Rusbridger (Editor of The Guardian)

On the evening of Tuesday 11 September 2007 CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) is holding its inaugural debate on the Adversarial Principle in Society at the London School of Economics. This first annual event has attracted high profile speakers from the worlds of broadcast, publishing and politics.

The Chair of CEDR's Advisory Council, Lord Hurd of Westwell, will set the scene with Eileen Carroll, CEDR’s Deputy Chief Executive, with each of the speakers then offering their views on the current reliance on adversarialism in British society to settle arguments and disputes, in particular as played out in the world of politics and the media. There will then be discussion and an open question and answer session with the floor.

Extract: Tony Blair, Reuters speech on public life, 12 June 2007:

"...the relationship between politics, public life and the media is changing as a result of the changing context of communication in which we all operate; no-one is at fault - it is a fact; but it is my view that the effect of this change is seriously adverse to the way public life is conducted; and that we need, at the least, a proper and considered debate about how we manage the future..."

For more information please contact Rebecca Murphy on or 020 7536 6048.

Panel biographies:

Eileen Carroll (co-chair)

Eileen is CEDR's Deputy Chief Executive. She started her career in the international chemical industry and has over 25 years' experience as a lawyer and 20 years as a mediator. Her experience as an advocate and mediator on both sides of the Atlantic has earned her a formidable reputation as a pioneer in international mediation work.

Greg Dyke

Greg was the former Director-General of the BBC who left controversially in 2004 following the Hutton Inquiry. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of York, chairman of HIT, a production company specializing in programmes for the under fives, and Chairman of Brentford Football Club.

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting

After a short career in advertising and bookselling Lord Evans joined Faber & Faber where he became Managing Director at 30 and Chair at 40. He was made a Labour Peer in 2000 and joined the Government front bench five years ago. He has held a number of positions and is now spokesperson for The Treasury and the Ministry of Justice.

Lord Hurd of Westwell (co-chair)

Lord Hurd was appointed CEDR Chairman in November 2000 and became Chairman of CEDR’s Advisory Council in 2005. Formerly he was Deputy Chairman of NatWest Markets and a main Board director of NatWest Group, retiring from the Board in April 1999 and leaving the group in 2000. Lord Hurd, retired as Foreign Secretary in July 1995 after a distinguished career in Government spanning 16 years.

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

Lady Kennedy is a highly experienced barrister and broadcaster and currently chairs the Human Genetics Commission, which advises the government on ethical, social, and legal issues arising from developments in genetic science. She was made a life peer in 1997 and participates in the House of Lords on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture.

Alan Rusbridger

Alan has been Editor of The Guardian since 1995. He is a member of Guardian News and Media, the main board of the Guardian Media Group and of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian and the Executive Editor of The Observer. He is a Visiting Fellow of Nutfield College, Oxford and Visiting Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London.

Notes to Editors:

CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard.

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