What We Do
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) is an independent non-profit organization that helps global businesses and their counsel prevent and resolve commercial disputes more effectively—both directly, by enhancing their capabilities, and indirectly, by improving ADR capacity worldwide.
- Cutting edge tools, resources and solutions
- A full suite of innovative – and yet practical – ADR rules, procedures and services
- A global roster of distinguished and experienced arbitrators and mediators (neutrals)
- A collaborative community of members, consisting of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world
European Congress 2018
We would never have made a firm-wide commitment to embrace ADR without having been inspired by CPR.
— Bennett G. Picker
Senior Counsel, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
CPR connects me to global litigation and ADR developments through informative speakers, written materials, international programs, and practical pointers that help me to do my job better.
— Carla Herron
Former Group Counsel, Litigation, Shell
CPR is a special organization. It operates a highly professional nonprofit organization that is making meaningful inroads in changing the culture of corporate America and the way it handles commercial disputes
— Charles Gill
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, United Technologies
Over the years, CPR helped shape how I and, in turn, the legal department and company, approached commercial disputes. We were very early adopters of the stepped dispute resolution process in our commercial agreements and based much of our ADR tools on CPR’s resources... CPR has been an invaluable business partner providing us with creative, practical and actionable measures to transform how we approach and manage disputes.
— Duncan Ross MacKay
Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer Eversource Energy
If and when faced with a dispute, companies should, whenever possible, strive for alternatives which preserve both parties’ business interests.
— Jean-Claude Najar
Partner, Lazareff Le Bars
CPR was the first, and is still the best, at identifying developing trends and successful strategies in the field.
— John Graham
SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Amgen
CPR’s exceptional resources help global businesses and their lawyers resolve commercial disputes efficiently and effectively. My company looks to CPR for the latest in global litigation and ADR developments.
— John Schultz
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
CPR’s comprehensive Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is one of the most respected listings of mediators and arbitrators in the field.
— Prof. Marvin Johnson
CPR membership provides a company the ability to achieve excellence in ADR in a cost-effective way and provides the environment, through its committee work and otherwise, for in-house counsel to participate in the development of a dynamic and critically important area. CPR is the only ‘all-in-one’ shop to the business community for ADR services. That’s why at Amgen we value our CPR membership.
— Mary Beth Cantrell
Sr. Associate General Counsel, Amgen Inc.
Chair, CPR Membership Committee
I always look forward to CPR’s meetings and events where I can learn and discuss the newest developments in ADR and dispute management.
— PD Villarreal
SVP, Global Litigation, GlaxoSmithKline
In persuading clients to agree—post-dispute—to arbitrate, the existence of the CPR panels of neutrals has been extremely useful. Letting clients know that there’s a ready-made and well-vetted group of talented and conscientious neutrals can be an important factor in the choice to try ADR. Full disclosure: I’m happy to be one!
— Richard F. Ziegler
Partner, Jenner & Block
CPR’s Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes provide a state-of-the-art set of arbitration rules tailored to international disputes, just the right balance of administrator involvement in the proceedings, and procedures designed to ensure a cost efficient arbitration. Global businesses will benefit from having this option available for use in cross-border contracts.
— Robert H. Smit
Former Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
While the use of mediation and arbitration are on the rise as an effective alternative to the drawn-out and excessively burdensome court litigation, these opportunities are undoubtedly followed by significant challenges, all the more so in Brazil, such as preparing the professionals and building a robust ADR culture among legal practitioners. This is where an organization like CPR can have, and is in fact having, a particular impact. CPR is to be commended for taking the lead on this extremely relevant discussion in our Country.
— Shirley Meschke
Legal Director, Pfizer
We had a brewing multimillion dollar commercial dispute with an important business partner. The matter was headed to litigation, until we realized that the counterparty had signed the CPR Pledge and was a member of CPR. We had the “ice-breaker” we needed. We were able to reach an agreement to mediate the dispute, and quickly selected a neutral from the CPR list. Our mediation occurred just six weeks later, and enabled the parties to reach a settlement. The dispute was resolved efficiently, without having to engage outside counsel, and the constructive tone and non-adversarial proceeding also saved the commercial relationship. Without the parties’ separate, preexisting connections to CPR, I don’t think we would have resolved the case without litigation.
— Steven Greenspan
VP and Chief Litigation Counsel, United Technologies