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CPR SIGNS PLEDGE TO SUPPORT EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN ARBITRATION (Press Release)

Fri, 2016-10-21 14:41
For a PDF of this document, click here. Pledge seeks to resolve under-representation of women in international arbitral tribunals New York, NY – Oct. 21, 2016 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) announced it has signed the Equal Representation in Arbitration pledge, joining other prominent members of the international arbitration community. The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge is a call to the international dispute resolution community to commit to increase the number of women appointed as arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis. The result of a collaborative effort between global representatives of corporate entities, states, arbitral institutions, arbitration practitioners – both counsel and arbitrators – and academics, the pledge establishes concrete and actionable steps that the arbitration community can and must take towards establishing equal representation in arbitration. The Pledge commits signatories to consider women arbitrators “wherever possible.” Other concrete steps recommended by the pledge include taking steps to try to ensure that: committees, governing bodies and conference panels in the field of arbitration include a fair representation of women; lists of potential arbitrators or tribunal chairs provided to or considered by parties, counsel, in-house counsel or otherwise include a fair representation of female candidates; where they have the power to do so, counsel, arbitrators, representatives of corporates, states and arbitral institutions appoint a fair representation of female arbitrators; gender statistics for appointments (split by party and other appointment) are collated and made publicly available; and senior and experienced arbitration practitioners support, mentor/sponsor and encourage women to pursue arbitrator appointments and otherwise enhance their profiles and practice. According to The American Lawyer’s 2015 Arbitration Scorecard looking at matters in a two-year period with at least $1 billion in dispute, the proportion of women among all arbitrators remains stuck at 4 percent. By comparison, of CPR’s more than 550 neutrals worldwide, roughly 15 percent are women. “The Pledge is an important and necessary step toward improving equal representation in arbitration,” said Noah Hanft, President and CEO of CPR. “In this and many other ways, CPR is proud to play a significant role in effecting positive change in the field.” About CPR: CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for more than 35 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit www.cpradr.org. ### Media Contact Tania Zamorsky VP, Marketing & Communications 646-753-8223

CPR and CEDR to Join Forces

Thu, 2016-10-13 10:11
For a PDF of this document, click here.  CPR and CEDR TO JOIN FORCES Collaboration agreement will enhance benefits to users of CPR’s Rules in Europe; expand CPR’s educational offerings with CPR member discounts for CEDR trainings NEW YORK, NY – October 13, 2016 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute resolution practices and provides high quality dispute resolution solutions, announced a collaboration agreement with The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world. Key points of the collaboration include: CEDR will market and promote the use of the CPR Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes as part of its Dispute Resolution Services offering. CEDR will provide a platform for users of CPR Rules to file cases on CEDR’s website. Trained CEDR staff will be available to provide general assistance to users or potential users of the Rules, to answer any questions about the Rules or filing cases related to the Rules. Members will be able to call CEDR’s London office with any questions. Cases filed through CEDR will be administered out of CPR’s New York office by CPR’s Case Management Team. CPR will promote a range of select CEDR Open training courses offered in locations around the world.  CPR Members and Distinguished Neutrals who register for CEDR’s Open Courses offered by CPR will receive a 10 percent discount. CPR and CEDR will offer an advanced cross-cultural mediation course targeted at mediators.  Upon completion of this four-day cross-cultural training course, participants will receive CEDR International Accreditation.  In 2017, the course will be offered initially in New York and São Paulo.   “We are thrilled about this groundbreaking collaboration between our two organizations. It is gratifying for us to have another ADR organization promoting CPR arbitration, particularly one as venerable as CEDR.” said Noah Hanft, President & CEO of CPR. “While CPR has always had an impact in Europe, driven by our European Advisory Board and our many members there, this partnership with CEDR will underscore CPR’s presence in Europe, enhancing the benefits we can offer and providing users of our international rules with an important local, real time dispute resolution resource in one of the most important business hubs in the world.” “This partnership with CPR promises to benefit constituents of both organizations immensely,” said Dr Karl Mackie CBE, Chief Executive of CEDR. “CPR’s innovative and award-winning Rules provided the ideal international arbitration offering to complete our sophisticated portfolio of dispute resolution services. And both through CPR member discounts for existing CEDR trainings and future trainings conducted jointly by both organizations, we are excited to help CPR enhance its educational offerings to its members globally.” About CPR: CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for nearly 40 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit www.cpradr.org. Media contact: Tania Zamorsky, Email [email protected], Telephone (646) 753-8223 About CEDR: CEDR is Europe’s largest independent Alternative Dispute Resolution service for both commercial and consumer disputes handling thousands of referrals a year. CEDR operates the Court of Appeal’s Mediation Service and is certified by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute under the European Union Directive on Consumer Alternative Dispute Resolution. CEDR is a leading negotiation and conflict management trainer internationally in the field and its acclaimed Mediator Skills Training Accreditation has been awarded to over 7000 mediators in 70 countries. www.cedr.com. Media contact: Andy Rogers, Email [email protected], Telephone +44(0)20 7536 6000