ICC International Court of Arbitration launches Young Arbitrators Forum YAF in a conference in Barcelona

ICC International Court of Arbitration is hosting a weekend conference in Barcelona 27 to 29 June for lawyers and in-house counsel under the age of 40. The conference marks the launch of the new Young Arbitrators Forum YAF by ICC to strengthen links with the young arbitration community. The conference will be held in collaboration with the YAF US chapter.

Jason Fry, Secretary General of ICC International Court of Arbitration said that the ICC Court is delighted to welcome young arbitration practitioners and corporate counsel to learn from some of the worlds most distinguished arbitrators and professionals. This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing programme of events tailored to the new generation of arbitration professionals. Continue reading ICC International Court of Arbitration launches Young Arbitrators Forum YAF in a conference in Barcelona

Mediation in civil and commercial matters: European Parliament endorses new rules

Mediation in civil and commercial matters European Parliament endorses new rules

A Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters was adopted today 23 April 2008. The purpose of the Directive is to facilitate access to cross-border dispute resolution and to promote the amicable settlement of disputes by encouraging the use of mediation and by ensuring a sound relationship between mediation and judicial proceedings. The Directive is one of the follow-up actions to the Green Paper on alternative dispute resolution presented by the Commission in 2002, the other being the European Code of Conduct for Mediators established by a group of stakeholders with the assistance of the Commission and launched in July 2004.

Welcoming the adoption of this Directive, Vice-President Jacques Barrot said: “This Directive fulfils the political objective established in October 1999 by the European Council of Tampere, which Рin the context of encouraging better access to justice in Europe Рcalled for the creation of alternative, extrajudicial procedures for dispute resolution in the Member States. Mediation can provide cost-effective and quick extrajudicial resolution of disputes in civil and commercial matters through processes tailored to the needs of the parties. Agreements resulting from mediation are more likely to be complied with voluntarily and help preserve an amicable and sustainable relationship between the parties.

The Commission proposed the Directive in October 2004 (IP/04/1288). The Directive facilitates recourse to mediation by strengthening the legal guarantees accompanying it, thus giving real added value to citizens and businesses in the European Union. The key components of the Directive are as follows:

The Directive obliges Member States to encourage the training of mediators and the development of, and adherence to, voluntary codes of conduct and other effective quality control mechanisms concerning the provision of mediation services.

The Directive gives every Judge in the Community, at any stage of the proceedings, the right to suggest that the parties attend an information meeting on mediation and, if the Judge deems it appropriate, to invite the parties to have recourse to mediation.

The Directive enables parties to give an agreement concluded following mediation a status similar to that of a Court judgment by rendering it enforceable. This can be achieved, for example, by way of judicial approval or notarial certification, thereby allowing such agreements to be enforceable in the Member States under existing Community rules. Continue reading Mediation in civil and commercial matters: European Parliament endorses new rules

1st International Law School Negotiation and Mediation Competition

The 1st International Law School Negotiation and Mediation Competition is an interesting competition for law schools worldwide includes the 2008 International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR 2008) in which 270 teams from law schools around the world have competed since its commencement. The competition covers client instruction, case pleading, negotiation and mediation in the field of commercial dispute resolution. Continue reading 1st International Law School Negotiation and Mediation Competition

European Union and Israeli initiatives on arbitration and dispute resolution

The European Commission-sponsored program known as ADR-MEDA presented last week an intensive workshop and forum on the Israel Bar in Tel Aviv. The workshop was attended by leading experts in mediation to discuss alternative dispute resolution (ADR) issues in the legal and business community in Israel and the EU. The workshop and forum were both presented by Manon Schonewille of the Netherlands, the executive director of ACB Group.

Besides the workshop and forum, Schonewille used her visit in Israel to promote mutual efforts to advance awareness, acceptance and the use of international arbitration and mediation in the MEDA countries (Israel, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and West Bank & Gaza), with special attention to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The intention of the European Commission’s initiative is to assist SMEs to resolve international commercial disputes arising from business transactions between Middle Eastern countries and EU-based companies, in order to enhance business transactions between companies based in two or more Middle East countries. Continue reading European Union and Israeli initiatives on arbitration and dispute resolution

Cyberweek 2007 – The biggest Online Dispute Resolution ODR Forum

The 10th edition of ODR Cyberweek, Cyberweek 2007, will occur October 15 – 19, 2007. Cyberweek consists of many different kinds of activities and opportunities, from Skypecasts to Podcasts to discussion forums and more, all related to the topic of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Cyberweek is a free all-online conference and we invite you join us in both asynchronous and real-time events. Last year, we had several hundred participants from over forty countries Last year’s program is still accessible. Continue reading Cyberweek 2007 – The biggest Online Dispute Resolution ODR Forum

ICC International Court of Arbitration workshop in San Francisco

Arbitration is increasingly seen as the preferred way to resolve cross-border business disputes, in a world where traditional litigation often spells headaches, uncertainty and lost time. The ICC International Court of Arbitration, the world’s best-known arbitral institution, will host a two-day workshop in San Francisco on international dispute resolution, June 11 to 12 the Westin St. Francis to help lawyers and business executives better understand the ins and outs of this fast-growing field.

The court is part of the International Chamber of Commerce, the world business body that has been in the forefront of cross-border dispute resolution since 1923. The workshop is designed to provide a better understanding of ICC arbitration and the other dispute resolution services. Organizers aim to showcase practical strategies and tactics for those involved in international arbitration. Continue reading ICC International Court of Arbitration workshop in San Francisco

International Online Dispute Resolution Competition Invitation 2006

International Online Dispute Resolution Competition Invitation 2006

The 5th Anniversary International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution are open for registration! The free competitions offer law students worldwide an opportunity to practice and demonstrate their ADR and litigation skills working in a technological environment on the international plane.

The only requirements are that students have access to the internet and permission of a faculty member to participate. Student competitors are evaluated anonymously by experienced professionals from ADR and Litigation from around the world
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Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

The Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts (CITDR) invites you to participate in the seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek.

This is an all-online Web based conference with no fee for participation and registration. A few of the opportunities planned for Cyberweek include: Continue reading Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

Distance Learning ODR Course

E-Arbitration-T, the University of Massachusetts and the ODR – Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution are pleased to announce the Online Dispute Resolution distance learning course during the spring 2005 semester.

A detailed outline of the course can be found at the ODR – Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution

The course will be taught by Daniel Rainey, Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services at the National Mediation Board. Continue reading Distance Learning ODR Course

ODR Symposium at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 7 december 2004

Online Dispute Resolution: a Technical Solution for Conflicts

Tuesday 7 December 2004, 14:00 – 17:00 at Tilburg University, Building A, Room AZ 186
ICTs have the potential to enhance and revolutionize conflict resolution mechanisms by making these processes more efficient and cheaper. The lectures will give an in-depth introduction to the emerging field of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and will discus the benefits of and challenges for ODR technology. Continue reading ODR Symposium at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 7 december 2004