Evolving Transatlantic Relations Following Brexit

Felix Rippy

Felix Rippy

Felix Rippy is a longtime Indiana legal professional who has attended Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and will soon be working toward a doctoral degree. Admitted to the Florida International University PhD program in Public Policy and Public Administration, Felix Rippy recently attended a university sponsored event in Miami.

The Transatlantic Dialogue Symposium encompassed public policy analysts spanning Europe and the United States, and brought focus to issues such as health care rights and sustainable public safety. One major issue facing those focused on transatlantic issues is the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

This is particularly important considering the cultural and historic links between the UK and United States, and the “special relationship” that has existed for decades. Post-Brexit, it seems likely that America will have to navigate a more multifarious landscape when negotiating issues with the EU. This extends from trade to shared defense under NATO. The UK will lose its seat on the European Council, and thus its status as a primary point of contact for the United States in general European affairs. Felix Rippy visited at the conference with Dr. Milena Neshkova, an Indiana Ph.D. now head of graduate programs at Florida International University.

While this change may be disruptive, the potential is there for America to develop a more nuanced relationship with EU partners that will reflect a totality of views and strategic objectives.

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Mediation and Its Benefits

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After earning a JD from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Felix Rippy founded multiple businesses in the legal field. One of his endeavors as a credentialed teacher of mediators was with Austin Texas Mediators, where Felix Rippy trained and credentialed mediators to handle general mediations as well as advanced family law mediations. Felix Rippy is now enrolled in advanced graduate school (Masters in Public Administration, SPEA/IUPUI) for mediators at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis taught by John Krauss, long-time mediation faculty member at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

A mediation is a legal proceeding for amicably resolving cases without going to trial. A mediator facilitates the mediation and helps guide the parties to a compromise agreement.

The mediator may point out areas of strength or weakness in a party’s case to help the party recognize the benefits of settling before trial. However, the mediator makes no determination of the merits of a case and remains neutral during the proceeding.

The parties at a mediation are often represented by their attorneys, although they do not have to have a lawyer, who generally provide introductory remarks explaining their version of the case, much as they would if the case were at trial. The mediator may also ask questions to help draw out the issues.

After each side’s case has been presented, the negotiation process begins. The parties start with their initial demands, and the mediator helps them determine what both ultimately can agree to.

If successful, mediations can help parties avoid the time, expense, and emotional toll of a trial. Mediations also allow the parties more control over the outcome. Judgment can be entered on mediated agreements giving them the full force of law.