15 Feb 2007
International mediation needs a multilingual approach
CEDR Solve announces mediation contract clauses in six major languages
Free mediation contract clauses in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, produced with the generous assistance of Lovells’ international offices, have been launched today on the website of CEDR Solve, one of the world’s leading mediation service providers.
Since CEDR Solve’s much used contract clauses were launched in their first draft a decade ago, they have proved very popular (accessed online by over 700 new people each month) and useful in enabling contract parties to resolve disputes in a more equitable and efficient manner. The contract clauses were even upheld by the High Court in 2002 in the Cable & Wireless v IBM case. Along with a number of updates to the contract clauses, the last ten years has seen the international alternative dispute resolution marketplace change and develop as interconnectivity within international business has increased.
Leading international mediator and CEDR Deputy Chief Executive, Eileen Carroll said, “Like all aspects of modern business, dispute resolution increasingly needs to service a global marketplace. Our proactive approach to language and cultural issues gives us the value-added international edge required by the organisations we provide our services to.”
The launch of the contract clauses coincides with an international mediation workshop for lawyers from around the world, run by Eileen Carroll and Karl Mackie of CEDR, the authors of ‘International Mediation the art of business diplomacy’, with Lord Woolf the former Lord Chief Justice, US JAMS mediator Katherine Gurun and former president of the IBA Francis Neate.
The production of the contract clauses also comes just 18 months after the launch of MEDAL, the International Mediation Alliance, created to address the growing sophistication demanded in resolving international business disputes.
“An ever-increasing proportion of our caseload has an international dimension,” explained Ala Kuzmicki, CEDR’s Assistant Director for Client Relations, who oversaw the drafting of the new clauses. “The successful consensual resolution of international disputes at times requires an understanding of the attitudes and perspectives of parties from different countries.”
About CEDR Solve
CEDR Solve is the dispute resolution and prevention arm of CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), with over 15 years unrivalled experience in helping parties resolve disputes in over 12,000 cases, it is recognised as the UK’s leading commercial mediation provider.
CEDR is an independent non-profit organisation supported by multinational business, leading professional bodies and public-sector organisations. Its mission is to encourage and develop mediation and other cost-effective dispute resolution and prevention techniques.
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