Professor Chris Hodges’ book Delivering Dispute Resolution has been attracting plaudits.

The review in Counsel magazine by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, called the book an “authoritative review … almost unique survey of comparative behaviours in civil justice.  This volume provides a clear template for dispute resolution in the future, based on extensive collaborative research and analysis … essential reading … a compelling hypothesis”. The project has been described by the Irish Law Reform Commission as “really excellent, and exactly what we are looking for” and by the Dutch Ministry of Justice as “inspirational….timely …. addresses the similar issues as we see”.

Chris organised a major discussion of the themes in the book on 24 January, opened by Professor Linda Mulcahy, attended by 75 senior civil, administrative and family judges, Ombudsmen, officials and academics. The event was described by some judges as “an excellent conference” and “an exceptional conference. It was inspiring and depressing in equal measure”. Different Ombudsman described the event as “an immense achievement”, “hugely successful”  and one said he was “too excited” at the ideas generated.