The International Mediation Subcommittee was created in 2013
and is intended to support the activities of the Dispute Resolution Section
related to international mediation. It
is designed to work closely with and is a joint subcommittee of the Mediation
Committee and the International Dispute Resolution Committee.
The term “international mediation” is understood to include the
following matters, among others: 1) cross border disputes between and among private
parties, NGO’s, government agencies, etc.; 2) cross cultural disputes which
involve parties of different heritage who may or may not live in the same
country; 3) cross border disputes between governments of nation states; and 4)
disputes between one or more governments and ethnic groups within or without
their national territory(ies).
Its initial activity is expected to include a program in New
York involving representatives of one or more other countries’ mediation centers.
Program topics may include: 1) enhancing awareness by representatives of
overseas dispute resolution centers, overseas counsel and in-house counsel of
multinational corporations of international mediation resources in New York ; 2) developing cooperative relations and opportunities
for collaboration by the Dispute Resolution Section with various centers; 3) programs to sensitize US and foreign mediators
and party counsel to cultural issues, including issues in Western/Asian
communication; 4) legal issues in cross border mediation between
private parties; 5) training for UN and governmental representatives in
mediating disputes between nation states and or nation states and ethnic groups;
6) enhancing public awareness and understanding of the multifaceted role and
value of international mediation; and 7) expanding and enhancing programs of the Mediation Committee and International
Dispute Resolution Committee related to international mediation.
The International Mediation Subcommittee expects to provide
assistance to the Dispute Resolution Section in its development of the
Section’s mediation training programs to include cross–cultural issues and
various aspects of international mediation.
The Subcommittee will also contribute to the Section’s Journal
and produce materials to inform members of NYSBA and others of its activities
and of the scope and purpose of international mediation. Because of the scope of its intended
activities, it especially invites membership participation from the
International, Business, Litigation and Corporate Counsel Sections.
Carolyn E. Hansen
and James M. Rhodes are the
co-chairs of this subcommittee.