Here is a link to my article on Othello and family violence published in The Conversation. I am presenting a paper at this week’s National Mediation Conference on a similar theme – Mediating King Lear:  Taking the Tragedy out of Shakespeare’s Greatest Tragedy. The bi-annual National Mediation Conference is the largest convention of mediators in Australia.  There are always great presentations of interest to lawyers and other negotiation professionals – as well as for mediators.


Here is an article by me from last Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald on the impact of Australia’s increasingly international population and possible child abductions – The article explains that six of the ten most common countries of origin of immigrants to Australia are not signatories to the Hague Convention on the International Abduction of Children.


On Monday 7 March I am appearing on a Law Society expert panel discussion of ethical, moral, legal and practical considerations arising in negotiations and dispute resolution practice. Other panel members include a Federal Court Judge, Barristers and Solicitors. Steve Lancken will facilitate a discussion of a hypothetical mediation from the entertainment industry involving moral, legal and behavioural dilemmas. Places in the audience are still available.  Here is a link to the Law Society website with further detail and online registration -


I am co-presenting a two day interdisciplinary collaborative family law course at Relationships Australia, Macquarie Park on Friday 4 March and Saturday 5 March 2016. The other presenters are: David Roberts who is a collaborative practice coach and established the first Relationships Australia collaborative practice group. Jackie Jones who is a collaborative lawyer and also teaches at UTS (where I also teach dispute resolution advocacy to law undergraduates). Bill Hewlett  who is a coach and child specialist from Relationships Australia. The course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary collaborative practice, and is designed for: Lawyers with no collaborative training, or those wanting to learn about multi-disciplinary teams. Financial professionals interested in becoming neutral financial experts in collaborative family law matters. Mental health professionals wanting to become coaches or child consultants in the collaborative process. If you are interested in attending, I attach a flyer for the course. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training 2016