Diamond Jubilee lecture entitled Mediation: Pluralistic Discourses

On Wednesday 18 October, The Ismaili Centre, London hosted its inaugural Diamond Jubilee lecture entitled Mediation: Pluralistic Discourses. Guests were addressed by Dr Christophe Bernasconi, the fourth Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. 


Dr Bernasconi was joined by Jean Ayoub, Secretary General and CEO of The International Social Service, Marian Roberts, a social worker, barrister and guest teacher at LSE, Dr Yasmin Dhanji MBE, Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for the UK and Shainul Kassam, a corporate lawyer. The event will was moderated by lawyer and author Dr Mohammed Keshavjee.

The session explored the benefits of pluralistic discourses in mediation – in approach, culture, methodology and demographics. The speakers considered some of the universal ethics informing the practice of mediation, from compassion to tolerance, as well as how a non-adversarial approach towards dispute resolution plays a significant role in improving quality of life.

The lecture also marked the 30th anniversary of the Conciliation and Arbitration boards of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community.