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China Arbitration Summit 2016
From 27-29 September 2016 the China Arbitration Summit 2016 took place in Beijing on the occasion of CIETAC’s 60th anniversary.
VIAC’s Vice President, Nikolaus Pitkowitz, was a speaker in Session One (Convergence and Differentiation: Trends of Internationalization and Localization in Arbitration) and conveyed VIAC’s birthday wishes to CIETAC in person.
Over 500 people, many of them experienced judges, representatives of renowned international arbitration institutions, arbitrators, attorneys and legal counsels, participated in this very successful event.
"ERA - Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE"ArbitralWomen is an international network of women in dispute resolution, and a non-governmental organisation bringing together women practitioners active in this field. The group that origins in 1993 today is a thousand strong with members from all continents and more than 40 countries. It focusses on promoting women in dispute resolution through events, social gatherings, mentoring, and sponsoring to assist women law students to participate in moot courts.
For its latest newsletter no 18 Ema Vidak Gojković, associate with Baker & McKenzie in Vienna and panel member of YAWP (Young Arbitral Women Practitioners) interviewed VIAC’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf. Please click here for the full interview.
In recognition of the under-representation of women on international arbitral tribunals, members of the arbitration community drew up a pledge (“Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE”) to take action. Alice Fremuth-Wolf is member of the steering committee and took part in the official launch event on 18 May in London. VIAC has already signed the pledge and we would like to encourage you to do the same under http://www.arbitrationpledge.com/. You may also join the ERA Pledge LinkedIn Group.
A few days ago a new feature has been launched on ERA’s webpage. Interested parties may now ask for names of female arbitrators, that fulfil certain required qualifications and will be provided with a list of potential candidates.
If you want to know more about the search for female arbitrators you may find a detailed article on http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/2016/09/08/one-step-further-after-the-launch-of-the-era-pledge-a-search-service-for-female-arbitrators-appointments/.
VIAC QUESTIONNAIRE FOR MEDIATORSOn 1 January 2016 the new Vienna Mediation Rules entered into force. VIAC now also offers to administer mediation and other ADR-proceedings in addition to arbitration proceedings. This new service is well received by parties and practitioners. In order to ensure high quality for mediators and other neutrals acting under the auspices of VIAC in mediation proceedings, VIAC has developed a questionnaire for mediators that may now be obtained from the Secretariat. This questionnaire offers mediators the possibility to present themselves to VIAC and to potential parties. VIAC will be collecting the filled-in questionnaires of interested persons and will be publishing a list of mediators in due course. VIAC however reserves the right to publish any presentations submitted. We will inform you upon the publication of the list on our website.
We are convinced that what has already worked well for arbitration practitioners will also prove valuable for mediators!
HANDBOOK VIENNA MEDIATION RULES
The new Vienna Mediation Rules entered into force on 1 January 2016. This Practitioner´s Handbook covers key practical aspects for the successful conduct of mediation proceedings or other proceedings in the field of amicable dispute resolution supported by a neutral third party within the institutionalized framework of VIAC.
It also addresses in detail the considerations that guided the members of the working group in the drafting of the individual provisions of the new Vienna Mediation Rules. The Handbook also includes valuable hints as to what stands behind each provision and what understanding should be afforded to it including practical examples.
Hence this guide is a useful reference book for everyone who deals with proceedings in the field of amicable dispute resolution under the Vienna Mediation Rules, be it parties, lawyers, mediators or drafters of mediation clauses.
This Handbook may be ordered (until 31 July 2016 at a subscription price of EUR 50.00) here or directly at the webshop.
The Mediation Handbook was launched on 27 April in the course of the anniversary event “11 years of business mediation” organized by the AFEC experts group for commercial mediation.
Please find more impressions in the photo gallery http://www.zankapfel2016.at/. For a review please go to https://www.wko.at/Content.Node/kampagnen/wirtschaftsmediation/MEDIATION-IM-WIRTSCHAFTSWANDEL---11-Jahre-Experts-Group-.html (available only in German).
SELECTED ARBITRAL AWARDS
Consisting of 60 awards rendered by arbitral tribunals under the Vienna Rules, this publication is meant to provide a unique and valuable insight into various important and challenging procedural and substantive issues which have arisen over the years in international arbitration under the auspices of the VIAC. The selection made is a response to the increasing call of parties, counsel and arbitrators alike for measures to ensure greater transparency of commercial arbitration proceedings by way of enhanced access to arbitral awards as well as to their content and reasoning.
The Selection may be ordered here or directly at the webshop.