The U.S.-China Business Mediation Center was established in 2004 as a joint project of the Conciliation Center of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade
(CCPIT)/China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and CPR. The purpose of the Center is to provide an alternative to arbitration or litigation for the management and resolution of complex and significant commercial disputes arising between American and Chinese businesses.
- It provides services to assist the facilitated negotiation of complex disputes. The Center has no judges or arbitrators, and parties are not required to resolve disputes on terms they do not wish to agree to.
- The Rules under which the Center’s mediations are conducted reflect accepted standards of American and Chinese business mediation, and are familiar to both Chinese and American users as fair and commercially rational.
- The Chinese and American Mediators who are made available through the Center have been specially trained by CPR and CCPIT to be aware of the business practices and legal alternatives of both Chinese and American companies. These mediators are drawn from the very highest echelons of Chinese and American lawyers and business people.
- Mediators are selected by the parties, not by the Center. The parties also retain control over the process and can “customize” the mediation proceeding to meet their particular needs.
- The Center is ethically rigorous. The mediation procedures endorsed by the Center include a Code of Ethics endorsed by mediation centers around the world, through the auspices of the Union International des Avocats.
For more information about CPR's work in China, contact Beth Trent.