17 May 2018
Investor-State Mediator Training - Paris 2018
The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter jointly organized a 3-day training course for mediators in investor-State disputes. The training took place from May 8 to 10, 2018, at the World Bank Conference Centre in Paris, and was attended by participants from all regions of the world.
The 3-day interactive training covered the context, framework and practice of investor-State dispute settlement. The goal of the training was to provide experienced mediators, ISDS practitioners and government officials with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate investment disputes. The successful completion of the course led to a Certification in Investor-State Mediation.
On the first day, participants explored the framework of investor-State dispute settlement, as well as process considerations and design aspects of investor-State mediation, such as stakeholder mapping. On the second day, participants considered co-mediation, intercultural competency, the effective conduct of an investor-State mediation, and ethical considerations. The third day was devoted to providing participants with the knowledge and skills to mediate investor-State disputes through assessment role plays and coaching. The interactive teaching methodology was designed to give participants a realistic learning experience.
The faculty included: Mr. Mark Appel, Member of ArbDB Chambers; Mr. Alejandro Carballo-Leyda, General Counsel of the International Energy Charter; Mr. Wolf von Kumberg, Arbitrator and Mediator, ArbDB Chambers; Dr. Karl Mackie, Founder President of CEDR; Ms. Corinne Montineri, Legal Officer of Legal Affairs, UNCITRAL; Ms. Frauke Nitschke, Senior Counsel and Team Leader at ICSID; and Mr. James South, Managing Director of CEDR.
James South, Managing Director of CEDR said of the training:
"Mediators from over 9 different countries all came together, and with guidance by trainers from the key Investor-State and Mediation Institutions, explored the necessary skills to effectively manage the special dynamics of Investor-State Mediation. This ensured the course was full of creative energy and input, that will help develop this emerging specialist area of dispute resolution practice.”