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CPD Course:
Unconscious Bias
Training Workshop

Presented by
Mr. Danny McFadden,
LLM, FCIArb,
Arbitrator, Lawyer, Mediator, Trainer,
CEDR Representative Asia Pacific,
Vice Chair, HKMAAL Hong Kong,
World Bank Regional Mediator,
Designated Unconscious Bais Trainer

Unconscious Bias Training Workshop
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Code: EVT000000188 Level: Intermediate
Date: 23 October 2017 (Monday) Language: English
Time: 09:00 - 13:15
(Reception starts at 08:45)
Accreditation(s): LSHK CPD Points being applied for
HKMAAL CPD Points pending
HKIAC CPD Points
for Accredited Mediators pending

HKMC CPD Points pending
Venue: Admission:
Standard Fee: HK$2,280.00
Advanced Booking: HK$1,980.00
(on or before 9 October 2017)
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Presenter's Profile:
Mr. Danny McFadden

Danny, a CEDR Director for 11 years and is dually qualified as a lawyer both in Australia and the UK.  He has been involved in negotiation, conflict resolution training, mediation and international business for over 20 years.  After completing his Masters in Commercial Law he specialized in dispute resolution and international trade.

Danny speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and mediates regularly in Hong Kong and China using both English and Mandarin.  He has worked with people of all nationalities and has a clear understanding of the dynamics of mediating and arbitrating across national boundaries.  Based in Hong Kong he mediates regularly in the commercial, employment, construction, succession and trusts, banking, insurance, and property sectors with a particular expertise in cross-cultural and multinational disputes.  He is also an expert trainer and facilitator providing training in conflict management, negotiation, change management, unconscious bias and mediation to organisations such as the IFC, UN, ADB, IHG, World Bank and MTR.

In 2009 he was appointed Director of Mediation at the United Nations in New York, mediating cases and this followed on from 2008, when he joined the United Nations Ombudsman’s New York Office in as an expert adviser on the establishment of a new Mediation Division.  His Report formed part of the terms of reference for mediation in the new internal UN Justice System.

Danny has worked as a trainer and consultant in many countries including Azerbaijan, China, Cameroon, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mongolia, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the USA.  He is a visiting Professor at Kobe University Japan teaching International Dispute Resolution.  He has provided consultancy to the legislatures of Hong Kong, China and Vietnam.

Danny is a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Steering Committee on Mediation, Vice Chair of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), International Ombudsman Association, Law Society of England and Wales, Civil Mediation Council, International Bar Association, World Jurist Association, American Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is currently serving on Mediator Panels: CAO, UN Mediation Division New York, IMI, SIMC, THAC, CEDR Solve, World Bank Group and CCPIT Mediation Centre Beijing.

Recent publications include:

  • Book: “China’s International Business Transactions and Laws”, Kluwer Law, 2017, Danny McFadden and D. Wilde KCDM (Editors) also author Chapter on “Mediation in China”
  • Book: “Mediation in Singapore”, Co-Editor and Author, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015, New Edition published, 2017.
  • Book: “Mediation in Greater China: The New Frontier for Commercial Mediation”, Author, Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer/CCH Hong Kong, 2013.

Course Outline:

We all have unconscious biases.  It’s just part of our human nature, a necessary survival mechanism.  The challenge comes when we are not aware of the impact it can have on our professional and personal effectiveness.  The key to effective and open decision making is developing our capacity to identify invisible assumptions and patterns of thinking.  In this interactive workshop you will explore how our assumptions impact choices around communication, team work, innovation, human resources, inclusion and management.

Unconscious Bias impacts heavily on conflict and dispute resolution.  Mediators can learn how their own private unconscious biases can influence their mediation practice and how to handle the impact of bias on the parties.

This workshop provides a forum to allow participants to explore:

  • What is unconscious bias?
  • Why is it so important and useful?
  • The effects of unconscious bias?
  • How does it impact conflict and the mediation of disputes?
  • How does it manifest itself in the workplace?
  • How to counteract its negative properties?

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to describe unconscious bias and its effects;
  • Recognise when it is happening;
  • Recognise some of their own biases;
  • Be able to identify and implement a range of means of addressing unconscious bias;
  • Have identified an action plan to address unconscious bias when it occurs during the mediation process.

This course is jointly provided in partnership with:  CEDR Asia Pacific Limited

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