RECENT EUROPEAN ACTIVITIES
- In an effort to continue to efficiently serve the needs of its members in Europe, CPR has created a European Executive Board (EEB), which is chaired by Jean Claude Najar of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, former General Counsel of GE France. This small leadership team, which is composed of prominent corporate counsel based in Europe, advises on CPR’s strategic direction and prioritization of its activities in the region. The Board meets monthly via teleconference calls and twice a year in person to decide on projects and explore issues of interest.
- CPR’s European Advisory Committee established in 2000 (was led by Hans Peter Frick, the former General Counsel of Nestlé until his retirement) has also been instrumental in making recommendations for mediators and arbitrators to be added to the highly selective CPR Global Panel of Neutrals, which is being extended to include more mediators in Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe. Over the past year, we have continued our efforts to increase the number of neutrals on our cross-border panel, notably in Europe.
- CPR participated in the World Forum of Mediation Centers organized by the Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers) in Zagreb, Croatia.
- CPR entered into a historical collaboration agreement with CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris) to create a joint panel of French/English bilingual arbitrators and mediators specialized in complex commercial dispute resolution. This agreement will enable CPR to offer an increased number of highly qualified neutrals for the resolution of complex commercial cross-border disputes to its users.
- CPR has signed separate Mutual Recognition Agreements with the Paris-based Centre de Mediation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) in France, the Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA) in the Republic of Ireland, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) in Italy, and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDAR). CPR is actively negotiating pledge-related agreements with other ADR groups. These agreements provide an international network for companies to reach out to other corporation signatories of ADR pledges.
- CPR met a delegation from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo to explore areas of potential collaboration.
- CPR participated in a videoconference on Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes around the Globe. This event, which was organized by the Turkish Ministry of Justice and UNDP Turkey (United Nations Development Program), served as a unique platform for exchanging national and international knowledge, experiences and best practices on mediation in civil disputes. The event provided useful inputs for the development of a model on civil mediation in Turkey, and finalization of Turkey’s Act on Mediation in Civil Disputes in Turkey.
EUROPEAN NETWORKING ACTIVITIES
- CPR hosted a State Department delegation from former Soviet bloc nations under the auspices of CPR’s Public Policy mission. The representatives of Armenia, Moldavia and other nations looked to CPR for an introduction to the field of commercial arbitration in the U.S.
- Road Shows: CPR’s regional “Road Show” visits to members, neutrals and prospects have been a successful new undertaking and have been instrumental in getting our current members and neutrals more involved, as well as securing new members. Over the past couple of years, we have visited numerous law firms and corporations in France and the U.K..
- CPR’s Y-ADR Program has continued to grow with a series of seminars organized in the United States and Europe. The goal of this very successful program is to provide young lawyers with an insider look at the role of dispute resolution systems and practices in corporations and multinational organizations, as well as to enable them to network with corporate counsel at these events.
BACKGROUND AND PAST ACTIVITIES
CPR’s European presence dates from the early 1990s, when a group of corporate and legal leaders from Europe was convened to form the CPR European Advisory Committee. In the early 2000’s, the activities of the Committee were focused on outreach and education.
- CPR completed its Inaugural European Business Mediation Congress in The Hague in 2004. Subsequent Congresses have been held throughout Europe. >more
- CPR took an active role in advising the European Commission on its Europe's ADR Directive and Code of Ethics for Mediators and has participated in public events such as the UIA’s World Mediation Forum on a regular basis.
- In 2005, CPR convened several major insurance and reinsurance companies from the London Market to discuss ways to improve the efficiency of resolution of cedant-reinsurer disputes, and lower the cost of outside counsel. The group drafted the CPR International Reinsurance Industry Protocol.
- The CPR European Advisory Committee has also been instrumental in making recommendations for mediators and arbitrators to be included in the highly selective CPR Global/International Panel of Neutrals.