Solutions Without Borders: Transnational Mediation and Arbitration

Thursday, September 20th 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET
American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 – Room NT01 (Terrace level)

The CPR Institute and the Center on International Commercial Arbitration of the American University Washington College of Law will co-sponsor a half-day symposium on Solutions Without Borders: Transnational Mediation and Arbitration, a regional symposium and networking event at the AU campus in Washington, D.C.  

Thursday, September 20, 2018
2:00 - 6:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law,
4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 –
Room NT01 (Terrace level)

Despite the fact that mediation shares many of arbitration’s advantages – like confidentiality, finality, skilled neutrals and the ability to avoid local courts – arbitration has traditionally dominated international commercial dispute resolution. Yet, as multinational businesses demand improved efficiency and the ability to exert more control over the outcomes of their disputes, transnational mediation has started to gain favor.

In this half-day interactive symposium, leading in-house counsel, outside counsel, neutrals and academics will explore the trends favoring supplementing arbitration with cross-border mediation and the tools needed to successfully navigate this changing landscape. The panelists will explore the types of international commercial disputes that lend themselves to transnational mediation, arbitrators’ roles in facilitating mediation of these disputes and the expected impact of UNCITRAL’s new Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements.


Program speakers include:

John J. Buckley | Williams & Connolly LLP

Theresa A. Coetzee | Marriott International, Inc.

Helena Tavares Erickson | CPR Institute

Mark A. Cymrot | BakerHostetler
Jonathan L. Greenblatt | Shearman & Sterling LLP

Noah J. Hanft | CPR Institute

Mark Kantor | Independent Arbitrator and Mediator | Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Jonathan B. Marks | MarksADR, LLC

Horacio Grigera Naón| Director, WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Hernando Otero |Fellow and ADR Professor, WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Eliott E. Polebaum | Independent Arbitrator

Daniel A. Pollack | McCarter & English, LLP

Tim Schnabel | Past US Dep’t of State Delegate to UNCITRAL

John M. Townsend | Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Carlos Jose Valderrama | Sidley Austin LLP


We encourage you to invite your clients and colleagues.


An in-person Mediation Committee meeting will precede the program
American University Washington College of Law (Room TBA)
and via teleconference
12:30 - 1:30 pm ET


FREE event for all participants

To register for the committee meeting, email Zoe Chanin at

To register for the symposium, to attend in person click HERE
r to dial-in for attendance email Zoe Chanin at

Conference agenda available: HERE