6th ICC International Mediation Conference 2015

6th ICC International Mediation Conference
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Date: 10/11/2015 -
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English

The ICC International Mediation Conference is one of the most renowned events in the field of mediation worldwide. Combining in-depth discussions and world class speakers with dynamic formats, they attract participants from all over the world. 

  • Annual conference for corporate management representatives, in-house counsel and corporate dispute resolution specialists. 
  • Provides a unique forum to discuss techniques for cost, and time-effective conflict management, dispute avoidance, early dispute resolution and the optimal use of mediation. 
  • Round table discussions, interactive group exercises and presentations. 
  • Speakers are in-house counsel from multinationals worldwide. 
  • Excellent opportunity to interact with ICC's international business and legal network.  

The event

2015 Mediation Conference

The ICC International Mediation Conference is one of the most renowned events in the field of mediation worldwide. Combining in-depth discussions and world class speakers with dynamic formats, they attract participants from all over the world.

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The programme

ICC Mediation Conference 2015

    08:30 – 09:00 Registration

    09:00 – 09:20 Introduction

    Presentation of the ICC International Centre for ADR and the Conference.

    09:20 – 10:00 Anticipating & Preventing Disputes

    In the context of diminishing budgets as well as time and human resources, one of the most effective means of conflict management is to anticipate and prevent disputes. Corporate counsel will give insight and practical tips on the use of dispute avoidance and deterrence mechanisms, such as drafting ADR clauses, early case assessment techniques and the use of various ADR mechanisms such as neutral evaluation and dispute boards.

    10:00 – 10:45 Key Skills for Negotiating Successfully

    Direct negotiations are often the first step in the path towards resolving business disputes; however negotiation skills are not always part of a corporate counsel's formal training. Positional bargaining often results in frustration and gridlock. A business negotiations expert will lead participants through the key principles of interest-based negotiation to enhance their skills through an interactive exercise.

    10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:00 – 11:45 Controlling Conflict Dynamics

    Hidden, underlying conflict dynamics often cause disputes to escalate. Specially trained dispute resolution experts will explain the psychological and neurological obstacles that threaten settlement and how to successfully overcome these challenges through positive and productive communication. Topics will include partisan perception, breaking impasse to settlement and effective communication with different types of actors such as lawyers and operational staff.

    11:45 – 12:30 Mediating for a Better Business Outcome

    When litigation seems inevitable, parties can restore productive settlement discussions with the assistance of a mediator. Mediation permits companies to remain in control of the dispute resolution process and to design an outcome that is better for business. Corporate counsel will discuss their mediation strategies including: drafting clauses, proposing mediation, company representation, mediator selection and involvement of an administering institution.

    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

    Participants are invited to lunch at a nearby picturesque venue in Paris.

    14:15 – 15:45 Business Mediation Role-Play

    To demonstrate the added-value of engaging a trained and qualified mediator, participants will watch and partake in a role-play centered on a business dispute mediation following unsuccessful direct negotiations. The participants will be actively involved in decision-making at key points during the role-play followed by feedback and discussion.

    15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

    16:00 – 16:45 Successfully Mediating Pending Litigation

    Increasingly, parties seek to mediate all or part of their dispute during the course of pending litigation or arbitration. A successful strategy requires knowing how best to handle the mediation in parallel to other proceedings and what differences, if any, are needed in representation and timing. Moreover parallel mediations raise special issues such as discovery, confidentiality, admissibility of evidence, delay tactics, enforceability of settlement agreements, etc. Panelists will discuss best-practices from three different perspectives: corporate counsel, outside counsel and mediator.

    16:45 – 17:20 New Trends in Business Mediation

    Corporate counsel will discuss exciting new trends and projects in mediation that will permit businesses to maximize their dispute settlement benefits internationally. Participants will learn about advances in the mediation market including possible worldwide recognition of mediated settlement agreements, stringent quality controls for mediators and coordinated efforts to ensure providers are adapting their services to users' needs.

    17:20 – 18:00 Walk Away with an Action Plan

    To ensure participants maximize their benefits from their participation in the conference, the moderators and panelists will analyze various dispute scenarios with the participants to establish a dispute resolution action plan. Participants can then present the action plan to their company management or to their clients as a tool for improving their business outcomes.

    18:00 – 19:30 Cocktail


    Pierre-Jérôme Abric
    Vice President Corporate Legal Department, General Counsel Litigation, AREVA (France)

    Adrian Borbély
    Assistant Professor, IESEG School of Management (France)

    Thierry Garby
    International Business Mediator and Trainer, Lawyer (France)

    Anne-Marie Guillerme*
    General Counsel, LItigation, TOTAL (France)

    Ulrich Hagel
    Head of Claim Governance, Litigation & Procurement Support, BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION (Germany)

    Genevieve Helleringer
    Associate Professor, ESSEC Business School and Fellow, St. Catherine's College, Oxford (France, UK)

    Michael McIlwrath
    Senior Counsel - Litigation, GE OIL & GAS (USA, Italy)

    Mark C. Morril
    Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, VIACOM, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, MORRILADR (USA)

    Alison Pearsall
    Legal Counsel, Global Litigation, SHELL (USA)

    Jane Player
    Partner, KING & SPALDING, Mediator (UK)

    John Reilly
    Director of Legal Affairs, RAYTHEON SYSTEMS LIMITED (UK)

    Birgit Sambeth Glasner
    Partner, ALTENBURGER LTD LEGAL + TAX, international commercial Mediator (Switzerland)

    Calliope M. Sudborough
    Deputy Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (USA, Greece)



    ICC Headquarters, Paris


    In-house counsel, members of corporate management, dispute resolution practitioners and attorneys in law firms.


    The registration fee covers all conference activities, including documentation, lunch, coffee breaks and cocktail. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

    Regular registration fee € 750
    ICC Members & Sponsors Fee € 700
    Corporate Attendees Fee* € 620
    Special Partnership Fee** € 570

    *Corporate attendees include representatives such as managers and in-house counsel of companies other than those dedicated to dispute resolution services. To register as a corporate attendee, please indicate your company and title.

    **To be eligible for special partnership fee, please indicate whether you are a corporate attendee as well as a member of one of the conference media partners or an invitee of one of the conference sponsors.

    There is a limited number of places available which will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

    Cancellation of registration

    50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 5 October 2015. 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. The 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

    Conference Sponsors

    Gold Sponsor

    King & Spalding

    Silver Sponsor


    Bronze Sponsors

    Wolters Kluwer

    Zwanzig Hacke Meilke & Partner

    Sponsorship opportunities

    This conference offers you an unrivalled opportunity to build worldwide partnerships. Partnering will get you visibility with the major decision makers in global business and/or within the international construction network.

    For further information, please see our sponsorship opportunities document or contact Ms Sara Debenedetti .

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    Event registration fees

    Regular Registration Fee €750

    ICC Members & Sponsors Fee €700

    Corporate Attendees Fee* €620

    * Representativesof companies other than those dedicated to dispute resolution services.

    Special Partnership Fee** €570

    ** Member of one of our conference partners