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CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) has introduced a Certificate in Advanced Negotiation. The Certificate is intended for those who are explicitly involved in complex negotiations (e.g. deal makers, dispute professionals, procurement managers, HR specialists) and for those for whom negotiation is a simple reality of daily life (e.g. executives with a leadership role in a unit, department or business, senior civil servants or others who have to satisfy a range of stakeholder groups).

The seven-day course, set over four months between September 2009 and January 2010, will explore the best theory and principles of negotiation integrated with key skills developed from CEDR’s practical experience of working with over 15,000 complex ‘deadlocked’ negotiations. CEDR is also known for having created the world’s most highly regarded Mediator Skills Training (over 3000 commercial mediators from 97 countries have been trained by CEDR over the past two decades).

Led by the ‘guru’ of European mediation and negotiation, Dr Karl Mackie, the structured programme enables delegates to develop insights into critical areas of negotiation practice and theory, exercise some of the key skills, reflect on concepts in their daily working lives and to share experience with a select group of senior executives and professionals, working alongside an expert faculty of professionals and guest eminent speakers from the worlds of business, law and government. The course takes place over a number of Fridays and Saturdays at the historic White House in Berkshire, near to London.

Speaking on the course Sir Peter Middleton, Chairman of CEDR and of Camelot Group PLC, and former Barclays Group Chairman, said of the news, “At all levels of working life negotiations can be full of difficulties and the more important the role the more critical the discussions taking place can be. The introduction of this new standard in advanced negotiation will ultimately help important dialogue and deals taking place in the UK and overseas, at a time when this kind of expertise is greatly needed.”

Dr Mackie, the head of faculty for the Certificate, said, “It is easy to make a good deal when business is booming and capital markets are flowing yet to do a good deal in today’s challenging environment or to settle a dispute when many are fighting for survival is a very different matter. A unique but fundamental element of our skills-based training to help in this environment is reflective learning - participants will be coached during the four months to apply their learning in their day to day difficult negotiations.”

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About CEDR

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is an independent 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.

For further information please contact:
CEDR - Andy Rogers, +44(0)20 7536 6044,

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