Place and Language(s) of the Mediation

The ICC Mediation Rules provide a solution when parties could not agree on the place and the language of the mediation.

In cross-border mediations, the place of physical meetings for the mediation and the language or languages to be used in the mediation can be important issues on which the parties may find it difficult to reach agreement. Article 4 of the Rules ensures that any disagreement between the parties over the place of physical meetings or the language does not become an insurmountable hurdle in bringing the parties to the negotiating table and allow for these issues to be decided by the Centre. This can avoid the need for the mediator to make a decision that might damage the mediator’s relations with one or more of the parties early in the proceedings.

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