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A successful event
with the distinguished patronage of
Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira

Following the success of the theatre piece SWEET JUSTICE, performed in Geneva in October 2014, GENEVACCORD Alternative Dispute Resolution has continued its mission in Paris.

Guy A. Bottequin has once again immersed the audience in a conflict mediation, in order to reveal the mysteries of the technique.

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Guy A. Bottequin, a mediator certified by the Republic and Canton of Geneva and a frequent trainer and speaker at international conferences, meetings and symposia on mediation, has long wondered how to raise public awareness of this conflict resolution process.
With his 880 hours’ experience of continuing training in mediation, he wanted to fully unveil its mysteries through the medium of theatre, which resulted in the successful launch of the SWEET JUSTICE concept in Geneva in October 2014.

A series of special performances has taken place in June 2015 at the legendary Comédie des Champs-Elysées theatre in Paris, attended by over 1,400 spectators.
Guy A. Bottequin played his own role on stage, alongside the actors Alain Carré, Stéphanie Leclef and Aïssa Derrouaz, the narrator Nina Strack, the lawyer-mediators Olivier Cuperlier and Hedwige Caldairou and the judge Danièle Ganancia.

The play was followed by a virtual trial in the criminal court. The General Counsel, played by former Bar president Yves Repiquet on 1 and 2 June 2015 and by Jean-Bernard Dagnaud on 15 and 16 June, accused mediation of the attempted assassination of the work of lawyers and the judiciary. The defence was provided by former Bar president Christiane Féral-Schuhl, who proved the innocence of her client, mediation.

The play enjoyed the distinguished patronage of Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira. Guy A. Bottequin was particularly honoured by her attendance at the performance on 16 June 2015.
Guy A. Bottequin was delighted that those attending the show included the Minister of Culture and Francophony in Cote d'Ivoire, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, the President of the FSM-SDM, Andréa Staubli, Bar presidents, judges, lawyers and journalists from all over Europe.

The event received moral support from the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP), the National Association of Mediators (ANM), the Swiss Federation of Mediation Organizations (FSM-SDM), the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (SCCM), the Consortium for Mediation (GPM) and the Institute for Mediation in French-speaking Countries (IMEF).

This adaptation for the stage of an 'open heart' mediation aimed to attract novices and to convince potential advocates of the power of win-win logic, showing them that Lady Justice could provide a real alternative.
The play does not aim to impose a single model for delivering mediation, or to constitute a training course. It aims to demonstrate the benefits, so there can at last be a shift in attitudes towards restorative justice in Europe and in the French-speaking world, for the benefit of the whole profession.

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Paris, Comédie des Champs-Elysées, 16 June 2015.
From left to right: Former Bar president Christiane Féral-Schuhl, actress Stéphanie Leclef, Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira,
actors Aïssa Derrouaz and Alain Carré, mediators Jean-Bernard Dagnaud, Olivier Cuperlier, Guy A. Bottequin and
Hedwige Caladairou, judge Danièle Ganancia.


A private conflict between an amicably divorced couple becomes complicated by harassment, as the former spouses, a cardiologist and a gynaecologist, work at the same clinic.
Finding no option but to leave the clinic, the cardiologist finds his plan to leave thwarted by a non-competition clause.
Private and professional differences become intertwined. How can this triangular situation, with additional surprises and ambiguities, be resolved?
This is where a mediator intervenes to assist and facilitate, with a mission to draw out what is unsaid and work creatively to arrive at an agreement between the conflicting parties, with the support of their lawyers.
We are inviting you to attend open heart mediation.
Will the cardiologist's heart be able to resist?


Original script: Guy A. Bottequin
Direction: Guy A. Bottequin and Alain Carré

Press reviews

LCP, Chronique "Culture Matin" de Christophe Combarieu, June 10 2015

BFM TV, "Sweet Justice", des avocats sur les planches, June 8 2015

LCI, Culture : les coups de coeur de Christophe Combarieu, May 31 2015

Le, May 24 2015

Lexbase, May 21 2015

Les Annonces de la Seine, May 18 2015

L'Extension, Spring 2015

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