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CPR Hosts 2nd Annual Brazil Mediation Conference: Resolving Conflicts in a More Transparent World (press)



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Wendi Chason


Corporate, law firm, academic and mediator communities convene to discuss the viability of mediation as a method for resolving business disputes in Brazil Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil, April 25, 2014 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), in association with CAMARB, today will hold Brazil’s second Business Mediation Congress: Resolving Conflicts in a More Transparent World from 8:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Fundação Dom Cabral, Av. Princesa Diana, 760 –Alphaville, Lagoa dos Ingleses, Nova Lima - MG, 34000-000, Brasil.

The event gathers speakers from the corporate, law firm, academic and mediator communities to continue to raise awareness in Brazil regarding the availability and suitability of mediation as a method for resolving business disputes. The topics include an overview of how mediation is being used by organizations in Brazil as well as presentations on dispute boards in construction contracts and online dispute resolution, and an interactive session on ethical issues arising in mediation.

Professor Kazuo Watanbe, Ph.D., Professor at the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo and Partner at Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, will give the keynote address on Mediation as a National Policy. Other featured speakers include legal experts and scholars from world-renowned organizations such as ArcelorMittal, Capgemini, GE, Google, Groupon, Hewlett-Packard, Hill International, Skadden Arps and Walmart eCommerce, among many others.

“The 2nd Annual Business Mediation Congress in Brazil is designed to raise awareness of corporate mediation and its benefits among the top legal minds in Brazil, and we are very pleased see the conversation gaining significant traction. We will discuss the various ways in which ADR can lead to better outcomes for disputing parties and the ways in which various communities in Brazil, including the judiciary, are embracing mediation as a form of dispute resolution,” said Helena Tavares Erickson, Senior Vice President & Secretary at CPR. “The level of interest from the legal community is proof positive that there is latent internal demand for the use of alternative methods of conflict resolution in Brazil, and CPR is happy to provide the forum to advance this critical agenda.”

The Fundação Dom Cabral will host the Congress and provide logistical support. This newly inaugurated campus of Fundação Dom Cabral is located on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, near Brazil’s main historic towns – OuroPreto, Mariana, Congonhas and Tiradentes – and the famous open museum of contemporary art at Inhotim.

About CPR:
CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government liaisons, retired judges, highly-experienced neutrals, and leading academics.