10 May 2012
CEDR Asia Pacific celebrates first year
World leader in dispute resolution marks occasion of Hong Kong office first anniversary
The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution this week reaches the end of its first successful year with an operational base in the Asia Pacific region. Headed by Director, Danny McFadden, a mediator, arbitrator and fluent Mandarin speaker, CEDR Asia Pacific has built on two decades of connections with the region to establish itself as a centre for training and created a panel of top-quality dispute resolution neutrals. CEDR Asia Pacific’s main office is in Hong Kong with additional presence at the Maxwell Chambers building in Singapore.
The first year celebrations was marked by a reception on May 9th 2012 at Infinitus Plaza, Central Hong Kong, attended by CEDR founder and Deputy Chief Executive and senior mediator, Eileen Carroll. During the week are other more informal events with CEDR’s local supporters and Eileen Carroll will also address the Hong Kong Department of Justice Conference on May 11th.
CEDR, one of the world’s leading trainers of mediators, has been running its mediation skills training courses in Hong Kong for a number of years now, accrediting over 350 local mediators. This weeks’ celebrations also coincide with the 21st mediation skills training programme that CEDR has run in Hong Kong.
Recognised as the leading independent provider of mediation services in Europe, CEDR has frequently worked with parties from the Asia Pacific region, dealing with disputes from over 21 different countries. Since opening its local office in Hong Kong last year CEDR Asia Pacific have, in addition to mediating frequently in that territory, also mediated across the region and in mainland China. There is also an arrangement to cross-refer cases with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Due to the organisation’s expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution, CEDR is frequently called upon to speak or consult locally on setting up ADR processes in jurisdictions. To date this has included countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and extensive work in the Indian Subcontinent (Mumbai and Delhi in India, Karachi in Pakistan and Dhaka in Bangladesh amongst others places).
Speaking about the anniversary Danny McFadden of CEDR Asia Pacific said, “The people of this region could not have been more welcoming of CEDR and to our aim to improve dispute resolution by creating the ability to resolve commercial disputes on a local or regional basis - we owe them many thanks.”
Eileen Carroll of CEDR added, “As a global organisation we are really proud of what has been achieved in this region and through the creation of CEDR Asia Pacific, led by Danny McFadden and his team along with our locally trained mediators. With their work the role of alternative dispute resolution can only develop to even greater levels of success.”
CEDR is a leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into judicial systems. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard. www.cedr.com
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