Right Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes Receives CPR Institute's James F. Henry Award
January 18, 2008awarded its James F. Henry Award to the Right Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes. The award, named for the organization’s founder, was presented at CPR
Institute’s Annual Meeting on January 17 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Over the years, CPR Institute has recognized singular individuals for their commitment to the principles of ADR and for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of commercial conflict resolution. Previous winners of the James F. Henry Award include, Senator George J. Mitchell (2004), Hon. Janet Reno (2003), and Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, Supreme Court of Ohio (2002).
“We are honored to present the James F. Henry Award to Lord Woolf”, said Kathy Bryan, President and CEO of CPR Institute. “Lord Woolf's reforms, and the decisions of the English
Courts which have implemented them, have radically changed the landscape of dispute resolution in England and Wales, making ADR part of the mainstream of litigation practice.”
Lord Woolf is one of the most well known and respected English judges of our time. Amongst his most notable achievements, he conducted an extensive inquiry into the Civil Justice system in England and Wales between 1994 and 1996. This inquiry led to the most significant reform of the Civil Justice system during the last 50 years. The essence of Lord Woolf’s reform of the Civil Justice system was founded upon his conviction that there was "a grave need to move to a managed system of dispute resolution". Lord Woolf turned judges into active case managers and has ensured that many more disputes are now settled by alternative dispute resolution and negotiation rather than by expensive and time consuming litigation.
Once his reforms were enacted, Lord Woolf brought them to life in the decisions he made as a Court of Appeal judge. He strongly advocated alternative dispute resolution as a means of
resolving disputes in appropriate cases, and he provided valuable guidance to help lawyers and litigants identify such cases. In addition, Lord Woolf's work has been an inspiration to other
jurisdictions looking to make ADR part of their own civil justice reforms.
Since retiring from the position of Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf has continued to promote ADR both in the UK and internationally, and he has also started to practice himself as a mediator and arbitrator at Blackstone Chambers in London.
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