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Useful Links and Resources

 

MODEL RULES/STANDARDS FOR NEUTRALS

ETHICS RESOURCES 

  • National Clearinghouse for Mediator Ethics Opinions: www.abanet.org/dispute/clearinghouse.html. Whether you are looking for mediation ethics opinions in a specific jurisdiction or analysis of an ethical standard, this online resource provides opinions from 43 states to help mediators make smart choices in their practice.  The database contains a short summary of each opinion with a hyperlink to the original opinion or document issued by the state or national body. 
  • ABA ADR Ethics Resources: www.mediate.com/articles/huffM1.cfm.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION 

 INTERNATIONAL ADR RESOURCES 

  • World Intellectual Property Organization: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.  Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (the Center) was established in 1994 to offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options, in particular arbitration and mediation, for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. Developed by leading experts in cross-border dispute settlement, the procedures offered by the Center are widely recognized as particularly appropriate for technology, entertainment and other disputes involving intellectual property.  See WIPO’s website at http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/ for an overview of WIPO’s ADR services including ADR provisions, ADR rules, and “case examples” of using WIPO in IP cases.

     
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR): To help parties pursue dispute resolution in an international setting, the AAA established the ICDR. The Centre is charged with the exclusive administration of all of the AAA's international matters. The ICDR offers clients the opportunity to file cases under specific sets of rules, which allow clients to choose where a dispute will be arbitrated as well as provide a mechanism to select a skilled arbitrator or mediator with the appropriate language skills.  See ICDR’s website at http://www.adr.org/icdr for more information on the ICDR including its procedures for international cases and guidelines for arbitrators for the exchange of information.

     
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR): The CPR Institute is an independent, nonprofit that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution. CPR is also a leading online destination for lawyers seeking superior arbitrators and mediators and practical ADR resources and solutions.  Unlike WIPO and ICDR that administer cases for parties under their rules, CPR is a non-administering ADR organization.  Nonetheless, it has rules (see http://www.cpradr.org/Resources/ADRTools/ADRRulesEthicsCodes.aspx) that the parties can adopt for performing their chosen ADR process.  

     
  • Swiss Chambers’ Court of Arbitration and Mediation: The Chambers of Commerce of Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Neuchâtel and Zurich offer their services in International Arbitration based on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration.  To promote institutional arbitration in Switzerland and to harmonize the existing rules of arbitration, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Vaud and Zurich have adopted the present "Swiss Rules of International Arbitration", which replace the formerly different rules of international arbitration of these Chambers. See the Swiss rules at:  https://www.sccam.org/sa/en/rules.php

     
  • International Chamber of Commerce:  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was founded in 1919 with an overriding aim that remains unchanged: to serve world business by promoting trade and investment, open markets for goods and services, and the free flow of capital. ICC activities cover a broad spectrum including arbitration and dispute resolution.  The International Court of Arbitration (the “Court”) of the ICC is the independent arbitration body of the ICC.  The Court does not itself resolve disputes. It administers the resolution of disputes by arbitral tribunals, in accordance with the Rules of Arbitration of the ICC (the “Rules”).  The Court is the only body authorized to administer arbitrations under the Rules, including the scrutiny and approval of awards rendered in accordance with the Rules.  See the ICC Rules at: http://www.iccwbo.org/uploadedFiles/Court/Arbitration/other/2012_Arbitration%20and%20ADR%20Rules%20ENGLISH.pdf.