DIS Autumn Conference – DIS ADR Services, Berlin, October 16 – 17, 2013

The traditional autumn conference of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) this year is devoted to the discussion of ADR procedures and methods, which a focus on the ADR Services that DIS itself offers. We have reported on DIS suite of ADR rules and regulations in early 2012 when they were released in English. Continue reading

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IBA German Mediation Committee – B2B Mediation, Frankfurt, September 19, 2013

The International Bar Association’s German Mediation Committee is holding an event in Frankfurt on September 19, 2013. The Topic for the evening is “B2B Mediation – Expectation, Experience, Success (Erwartung, Erfahrung, Erfolg). Ulrich Hagel, Senior Expert Dispute Resolution at Bombardier Transportation, will present the in-house and user perspective, and  the mediator’s view will be put forward by Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, Heussen. For details of the agenda and the registration process, please see the invitation.

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International Arbitration: Italy vs. Germany 1:1

Michael McIlwrath’s post at the Kluwer Arbitration Blog today, A Dispute With A View, finds very kind words for DIS, the German Institution of Arbitration. Michael compares the approach of the Italian Chambers of Commerce to international disputes with that of the DIS and finds that the latter “has the advantage of making the resolution process appear more neutral, consistent, and reliable in the eyes of those who hail from outside the city’s walls.”  However, Italy, and Florence in particular, score high on location and local flavour. I am happy to concede that I have not yet come accross a German arbitration venue with a view to match the one from the Florence Chamber of Commerce. To me it appears that on balance, in arbitration at least, Germany achieves something that in football it did not manage for quite a while: a draw against Italy.

Michael also acknowledges the international ambitions of the DIS, “confirmed last year when the DIS recruited Francesca Mazza, formerly a senior manager of the ICC, as the institution’s new secretary general.” Francesca’s move to Cologne of course is a German-Italian success story in its own right.

The picture shows the commemorative plaque at the Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, dedicated to the semi-final of the 1970 World Cup between Italy and Germany, known as the Game of the Century.

 

 

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“What do Corporate Counsel think of Mediation?” A CEDR Survey

CEDR, the London-based ADR organisation, is running a survey: “What do Corporate Counsel think of Mediation?” Here’s CEDR’s description of the survey:

“The questionnaire – which is for in-house counsel in both the private and public sectors – includes questions about your personal experience of mediation, as well as your views on the outsourcing of cases and opportunities for collaborative working within dispute resolution. Your responses will be collated with others and will be made available in the early spring.”

As it happens, my partner Axel Bösch is working on a joint project with Bucerius Law School in Hamburg with a similar focus, for which they conducted extensive interviews with in-house counsel across Germany. First findings were presented at Bucerius’ 2012 Conflict Management Coference.

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