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International Mediation Initiatives

International Mediation Initiatives

Are international organisations important for the growth of the mediation industry?

 

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One of the initiatives that I’ve been working on is to get UNCITRAL to develop a convention to acknowledge, or enforce, mediated settlements cross-border. That will, again, if that happens, and we’re working hard to make it happen, that will raise the recognition of mediation as a valid process. This goes back to profession. Arbitration is looked at as a profession. Arbitrators are looked at as professionals.

 

Mediation seems to be a stepchild and has not had the recognition in the legal community. So by the UN adopting an enforcement mechanism similar to the Arbitration Convention, the New York Convention, will also be an added push. So we’re talking about all these little things that will create a volcano effect that will push mediation. But they all have to be in place.

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Deborah Masucci is currently Chair and Board Member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and was former Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section with over 9,000 members worldwide. She is a Board member for Access ADR. She is a member of the International Arbitration Club of New York. She also serves as a full time arbitrator and mediator. Deborah was recruited to AIG in 2003 to establish its Office o... View Mediator