The International Chamber of Commerce has released new rules for mediation and other Amicable Dispute Resolution processes administered by its International Centre for ADR (ICADR).
The Mediation Rules, which came in to effect on 1 January 2014, “reflect modern practice and set clear parameters for the conduct of proceedings, while recognizing and maintaining the need for flexibility. Like the ADR Rules, which they replace, they can be used for conducting other procedures or combinations of procedures that are similarly aimed at an amicable settlement of the dispute, such as conciliation or neutral evaluation” – ICC.
At the Melbourne launch of the Rules, ICADR manager and senior counsel, Hannah Tumpel, explained that the Rules provide a procedural frame work and provisions for milestones in mediation. The Centre found that over 90% of cases filed under the previous ADR Rules were in fact for mediation processes, leading the Centre to develop new Mediation Rules.
The Rules are available on the ICC’s Arbitration & ADR website.