World Launch ICC Mediation Rules

World Launch ICC Mediation Rules
  • Location: Paris
  • Date: 04/12/2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English

This conference will introduce the ICC Mediation Rules and offer participants the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview of the new Rules.


You can register for the conference waiting list by sending an e-mail to

Participants will have a direct exchange with several of the members of the Drafting Group, who will give a detailed presentation of the main provisions and provide participants with first-hand experience and understanding of the Rules.


13:00 - 14:00
Registration and coffee

14:00 - 14:10
Words of welcome and introduction

14:10 - 14:40
Why mediate? Mediation's relevance to businesses today

More and more companies are realizing that mediation makes sound business sense. Why is it in a company's interest to settle complex, international commercial disputes through mediation? How have companies made mediation a central part of their dispute resolution strategy? Why do companies chose administered mediation? This interview will present two users' views on the importance of mediation in today's business world.

14:40 - 14:55
ADR becomes Mediation: The drafting of the new ICC Mediation Rules

A behind-the-scenes look at the genesis of the new Rules by the Chair of the ICC Commission which oversaw their drafting. As well as acquiring an overview of the new Rules, you will discover what the guiding principles for the revision process were, why the ICC decided to change from "ADR" to "Mediation", and whether other forms of amicable dispute resolution are still covered by the new Rules.

14:55 - 15:15
Getting started: How to initiate proceedings under the ICC Mediation Rules (Articles 2 and 3)

How do you commence an ICC mediation when there is a prior agreement to submit the dispute to mediation? What should be included in a Request? How do you convince a counterparty to mediate when there is no such prior agreement? How can the ICC help parties achieve a dialogue?

15:15 - 15:25
Questions and answers

15:25 - 15:55
The mediator: Finding the right person for your dispute (Article 5)

An experienced outside counsel will quiz two members of the ICC International Centre for ADR to get answers
to the following questions: How does the nomination and appointment process work under the new Rules?
How does the ICC identify a suitable mediator for a specific case? How can parties request a list of potential candidates?
What attributes are required of a mediator in an international commercial mediation? Can parties object to the appointment of a mediator?

15:55 - 16:05
Questions and answers

16:05 - 16:30
Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00
Conduct of the proceedings: Avoiding and overcoming hurdles, dealing with confidentiality (Article 4, 7 and 9)

How are mediations conducted under the new Rules? How can agreement on the language(s) and place of the mediation be achieved if the parties cannot see eye to eye? How is the obligatory initial discussion between the mediator and the parties organized? What do the mediator and the parties need to decide about the conduct of the proceedings? Two experienced ICC mediators will share their insights.

17:00 - 17:10
Questions and answers

17:10 - 17:30
Money matters: Costs and payments (Article 6 and Appendix)

Who pays for what and when? What happens if one party does not fulfil its payment obligations under the Rules? The financial provisions of the new Rules will be explained to participants with illustrations of their consequences in different situations. The Appendix to the Rules will also be discussed, including how mediators' fees and the ICC administrative expenses are fixed.

17:30 - 17:40
Questions and answers

17:40 - 18:10
The new ICC model clauses for mediations

The new ICC Mediation Rules are accompanied by a set of new model clauses for use in contracts. This comprehensive presentation of the new clauses will include an explanation of the circumstances for which each clause is appropriate. You will also be alerted to the various considerations to keep in mind when drafting an ICC mediation or escalation clause.

18:10 - 18:20
Questions and answers

18:20 - 18:30
Closing remarks

18:30 - 20:30
Cocktail reception


Elizabeth Birch

International Arbitrator and Mediator, 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn (UK)

Andrea Carlevaris

Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services and Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (Italy)

Christine Guerrier

VP Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Corporate Legal & Contract Department, Thales Group (France)*

Emmanuel Jolivet

General Counsel, ICC and Deputy Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services (France)

Kai-Uwe Karl

Senior Counsel Litigation, GE Oil & Gas, Member of the Task Force for the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules (Italy)

Pierre Laporte

Senior Vice President Legal, ALSTOM Grid (France)

Hélène van Lith

Secretary to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and Member of the Drafting Group for the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules (The Netherlands, France)

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
President (Legal), Hinduja Group, London (UK)

Christopher Newmark

Vice-Chair and incoming Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and Chair of the Task Force and Member of the Drafting Group for the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules; Partner, Spenser Underhill Newmark (UK)

Ana Sylvia Prado

Deputy Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (Brazil)

Calliope Makedon Sudborough

Deputy Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (USA, Greece)

Hannah Tümpel

Senior Counsel and Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR and Member of the Drafting Group for the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules (Germany)

Patrick Van Leynseele

Member of the Brussels and New York Bars, Partner, Dal & Veldekens (Belgium)

Mathilde Vital Durand

Deputy Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (France)

Peter Wolrich

Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and Member of the Drafting Group for the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules; Managing Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle (USA)

William Wood QC

Mediator, Brick Court Chambers (UK)

Roland Ziadé

Member of the Paris, New York and Beirut Bars, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Lebanon, France)


Hotel de Talleyrand in central Paris, France


Anyone wishing to learn more about the new ICC Mediation Rules, including practising lawyers, corporate counsel, mediators and all persons involved in the practice or study of international mediation.

Cancellation of registration

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 15 November 2013. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.
Please note that we reserves 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. ICC International Centre for ADR will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Travel and accomodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Paris, with which ICC 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.

Dress code

Business Casual

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities

This conference offers you an unrivalled opportunity to build worldwide partnerships. Sponsoring will get you visibility with the major decision makers in global business and/or within ICC's international network. For further information, please contact: Angela HERBERHOLZ at: 0033 (0) 149 53 33 59 or

Event registration fees

Early Bird Special - Regular Registration Fee€250

(until 14 November 2013)

Early Bird Special - ICC Members Fee€175

(until 14 November 2013)

Early Bird Special - Task Force Members Fee€100

(until 14 November 2013)

Regular Registration Fee€350

(after 14 November 2013)

ICC Members Fee€275

(after 14 November 2013)

Task Force Members Fee€200

(after 14 November 2013)