ICC / IBA International Mediation Conference

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  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai
  • Date: 11/11/2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English

On 11 November 2013, the International Centre for ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (“IBA”) will join forces to organise the first international mediation conference in the United Arab Emirates. The one day Conference will take place in Dubai and is organised with the support of ICC UAE.

The ICC/IBA Mediation Conference will provide an unique opportunity to learn more about the use of mediation for
the time and cost efficient resolution of domestic and international commercial disputes.
In-house counsel experienced in the use of mediation for the resolution of their company's disputes will explain for
which types of disputes the results obtained in mediation make more "business sense". External counsel with broad
experience representing clients in complex international mediations and some of the world's leading international
commercial mediators will share with the audience their lessons learned on how to most effectively propose mediation
to the other party, prepare for a mediation and chose the right mediator.
In a final panel, members of the drafting group will present the IBA State Investor Mediation Rules and how they can be
used to solve disputes involving states or state entities by mediation.

To register online, click here!

7:30 - 8:30

Registration and Coffee

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome on behalf of the Organisers

  • Essam Al Tamimi, Chairman of ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & Senior Partner, Al Tamimi & Company (UAE)
  • Sami Houerbi, Director ICC Arbitration and ADR Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa; Partner, BKH Law firm (Tunisia)
  • Joe Tirado, Partner, Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration Winston & Strawn; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Mediation Committee (UK)

8:45 - 9:15

An introduction to Mediation in 30 minutes - what is it and why does it work?

One of the world's leading commercial mediators will take the articipants through the specificities of the mediation process: differences to other dispute resolution procedures, the role of he mediator, mediation as interest based procedure, the role of counsel.

  • William Wood QC, Mediator, Brick Court Chambers (UK)

9:15 - 9:30

Questions & Answers

9:30 - 10:15

What is the added value for the users? Why is it relevant for commercial disputes in the MENA region?

Two experienced in-house counsel will explain when and how hey use mediation to resolve complex commercial disputes. A special emphasis will be put on the business' interests behind the se of mediation as dispute resolution procedures.

  • Aasma A. Khan, Chief Legal Officer, Tameer Holding Investment LLC, Dubai (USA, UAE)
  • Michael Ridgeway, General Counsel, Dubai Financial Services Authority (UAE)
  • Moderator: Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo, Lawyer and
    Mediator, NGO Cohen Amir-Aslani & Associes (USA, France)

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45

How to get it going: Tips and tricks as how one best starts a mediation - both on its own and in conjunction with other dispute resolution proceedings.

This panel will discuss how to incorporate mediation clauses into greements and how to drafts them. The panel will also discuss how a party can commence a mediation when there is no prior greement of the parties to submit their dispute to mediation. A special emphasis will be put on the question as to how a mediation an be combined with other dispute resolution procedures, for example arbitration.

  • Bapsy Dastur, General Counsel, Head - Legal & Integrity IMA, ABB Dubai (UAE)
  • Jane E Player, Partner, King & Spalding (UK)
  • Hannah Tümpel, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (Germany, France)
  • Moderator: Joe Tirado Partner, Global Co-Chair of International rbitration Winston & Strawn; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Mediation Committee (UK)

11:45 - 12:00

Questions & Answers

12:00 - 12:15

Who is the right mediator?

This panel will discuss which criteria make a mediator a good mediator and what are the different possibilities to identify suitable candidates.

  • Geoff Sharp, Mediator, Clifton Chambers (New Zealand)

12:15 - 12:30

Questions & Answers

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00

Get ready, get set, go: Effective preparation for commercial mediation

This panel will look at the dos and don'ts for effective preparation from three different perspectives.
The user view: How do you prepare internally? Who is involved? ow long does it need? Do you need external counsel to prepare properly? What to avoid in preparation?

The counsel view: How do you prepare your client? Which parts shouldn't you forget?
The mediator view: What makes a party well prepared? Which oints do you want parties to focus on when preparing? Can parties prepare together? What is the mediator's role in the preparation process?

  • Geoff Sharp, Mediator, Clifton Chambers (New Zealand
  • Jawad Sarwana, Partner, Abraham & Sarwana (Pakistan); Co-editor, IBA Mediation Newsletter (Pakistan)
  • Gordon Tregaskis FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator (UK, UAE)
  • Moderator: William Wood QC, Mediator, Brick Court Chambers (UK)

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30

Mediation with State Parties and state entities

This panel will discuss the specificities of mediation with states or state parties and in particular give an introduction to the IBA Rules for Investor-State Mediation.

  • Michael Ostrove, Partner, Head International Arbitration Practice Group, DLA Piper; Member of the Taskforce of the IBA Mediation Committee on State-Investor Mediation (France, USA)
  • Moderator: Hannah Tümpel

16:30 - 16:45

Questions & Answers

16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks

  • Bapsy Dastur, General Counsel, Head - Legal & Integrity IMA, ABB Dubai (UAE)
  • Sami Houerbi, Director ICC Arbitration and ADR Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa; Partner, BKH Law firm (Tunisia)
  • Aasma A. Khan, Chief Legal Officer, Tameer Holding Investment LLC, Dubai (USA)
  • Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo, Lawyer and Mediator, NGO Cohen Amir-Aslani & Associes (USA, France)
  • Jane E Player, Partner, King & Spalding (UK)
  • Michael Ostrove, Partner, Head International Arbitration Practice Group, DLA Piper; Member of the Taskforce of the IBA Mediation Committee on State-Investor Mediation (France, USA)
  • Michael Ridgeway, General Counsel, Dubai Financial Services Authority (UAE)
  • Jawad Sarwana, Partner, Abraham & Sarwana (Pakistan); Co-editor, IBA Mediation Newsletter (Pakistan)
  • Geoff Sharp, Mediator, Clifton Chambers (New Zealand)
  • Joe Tirado, Partner, Global Co-Chair of International rbitration Winston & Strawn; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Mediation Committee (UK)
  • Essam Al Tamimi, Chairman of ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & Senior Partner, Al Tamimi & Company (UAE)
  • Gordon Tregaskis FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator (UK)
  • Hannah Tümpel, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (France, Germany)
  • William Wood QC, Mediator, Brick Court Chambers (UK)

How to Register
Register Online at www.iccuae.com
Or return the registration form indicating method of payment to:
e-mail : habib@iccuae.com
Tel: +971 4 2208288
Fax: +971 4 2208842

Mail: PO Box 886, Dubai

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees.

Event Registration Fee

Early Bird special until 10 October 2013

  • Regular Registration Fee AED 1200
  • ICC/IBA Members Fee AED 800

After 10th October 2013

  • Regular Registration Fee AED 1500
  • ICC/IBA Members AED 1000

To register online, click here!

Cancellation of Registration
50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 10th October 2013. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC UAE prior to the event, the registration may be transferred t no extra charge to another person from the same company or organization as the original participant. Updated registration material will be required.

Please note that we reserve the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. We will ot, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Travel Arrangements and Visas
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Details of the hotel, with which ICC UAE has negotiated preferential room rates, will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form. We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

Promotional Literature
Please note that no individual or organization may display or distribute publicity material or other printed matter during the conference, unless by prior arrangement with ICC. Organizations and companies wishing to discuss promotional opportunities hould contact ICC at adr@iccwbo.org or by telephone at +33 (0)1 49 53 30 52 / + 971 (0)4 2208288

Sponsorship Opportunities
Law firms that choose to become sponsors for the conference are given many opportunities to profile their business. They receive maximum exposure during the event. If your company is interested in sponsoring this event:
Please contact Habibullah Rizwan by e-mail at habib@iccuae.com, telephone at +971 4 2208288 or fax at +971 4 2208842.