James Freeman of Allen & Overy has written a concise, informative and forward-looking article in the IBA’s publication Business Law International that offers a clear-eyed look at the state of arbitrated conflict resolution in the financial services industry and points to the Arbitration Guide recently published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) as a path to change.
Professionally, I am not given to bedazzlement. I am not among those who claim transformative or quasi-spiritual attributes to what (to me) really boils down to the learn-able professional skill of mediating business disputes. So when friends have reported their experiences attending the ICC International Mediation Competition with tears streaming down their blushing faces, stammering and gushing about how it had changed their lives, I thought I was learning more about them than about the event.
Well, this year I attended for the first time as coach of the New York Law School team. And… blush blush, gush gush, stammer stammer, stream stream….
Our friend Giuseppe De Palo reports that the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (“JURI”) will discuss mediation again at the February 26, 2015, ‘Civil Law & Justice Forum’ in Brussels, and the ADR Center has been asked to present a follow-up to its 2014 study, “Rebooting the Mediation Directive.”
The Center has prepared a survey that will be the basis for its presentation, and seeks to have as many and as varied people as possible complete it. The short mediation survey can be found at this link: https://it.surveymonkey.com/s/77T6PKK. All those in the EU who are interested in ADR are encouraged to fill out the survey and encourage others to do so.
The ABA Business Law Section is partnering with New York Law School to present a half-day CLE Symposium on “ADR and the Young Lawyer” on Friday morning, January 30.
The event, held from 9:00 to 1:45, features speakers from leading corporations, law firms and ADR institutions, and advises lawyers on how competency in ADR skills can assist them in creating distinctive careers and practices. 3.0 CLE credits are offered and both breakfast and lunch are offered.
The Keynote speaker will be Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the ABA.
Information and registration can be found here.