ICC launches new mediation rules

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By Tamlyn Mills

The close of 2013 saw the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launching the new ICC mediation rules at a global launch event in Paris. The new rules, which entered into force on 1 January 2014, replace the ICC ADR Rules.

Drafted by an international taskforce of mediation and dispute resolution specialists from 29 countries, the new mediation rules have been described by Andrea Carlevaris, director of ICC dispute resolution services and secretary-general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, as striking ‘a good balance between two essential elements of a modern and efficient dispute resolution tool: clarity of the procedural framework and flexibility’.

The new mediation rules do not mark a significant departure from the previous ICC ADR Rules, with only minor amendments to many of the substantive provisions of the rules. However, the introduction of the new mediation rules is intended to take into account lessons learnt by the ICC after 13 years of administering international commercial mediations. There are three key changes…

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