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CPR Releases New Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution

Resource provides guidance on drafting and managing cross-border negotiations, mediations, expert determinations, dispute boards and international commercial and investment arbitrations

CPR Releases New Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution

Coral Gables, FL  - The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and provides high quality solutions, this morning announced the release of a comprehensive new resource, The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution. The resource debuted on the first day of CPR’s annual meeting, “Pathways to Partnership,” taking place March 2-4, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.  

Presented by CPR’s Arbitration Committee, the Manual was edited by Committee Chair Ank Santens and Committee Secretary Jennifer Glasser, both of White & Case. Contributing authors include Charles A. Beach, Andrew Behrman, Barry Garfinkel, Sherman Kahn, Jaroslav Kudrna, C.J. Mahoney, John Pinney, Viren Mascarenhas, Rona G. Shamoon, Gunjan Sharma and Committee Vice Chair Felix Weinacht.  

The original inspiration came from a Dupont in-house drafting guide shared with CPR. CPR’s Arbitration Committee, comprising in-house and outside counsel and leading arbitrators and academics from around the world, expanded the scope of the project from one focused solely on drafting international arbitration clauses to drafting and planning for any common form of alternative dispute resolution in international business transactions. CPR’s Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services Helena Tavares Erickson, was CPR’s liaison to the committee on this project.   

As White & Case’s Ank Santens explained, “This new manual is unique in that it provides both drafting and managing advice for the most common forms of ADR in international business. It contains content that I do not believe is offered in any other guidance and is of real practical value to corporate counsel, such as investment treaty planning and drafting arbitration clauses in master agreements. We intended, and carefully crafted, it to be a truly one-stop solution for in-house counsel.  Given the breadth of the CPR Arbitration Committee’s membership and the invaluable feedback from several in-house counsel, I believe we have succeeded.  I am truly proud of the Committee’s achievement and trust the Manual will be a go-to resource for in-house counsel for many years to come.”  

“As the former General Counsel of MasterCard, I can particularly attest to the value this new resource will hold for in-house counsel working on international business matters,” said Noah Hanft, President & CEO of the CPR Institute. “It is extremely comprehensive and well-organized and will serve as a critical reference tool for issues in-house counsel may encounter in their work.”  

“The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution is an indispensable reference for in-house lawyers preparing for or considering cross-border dispute resolution procedures of any type, whether for the first time or the 100th time, and for drafters of dispute resolution provisions in agreements with international dimensions,” said Bart Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Assurant, Inc. “It is comprehensive, well-organized, lively and practical.  I read it from cover-to-cover and will keep it close at hand to review points of particular interest.  The Manual also includes a handy appendix with citations (including URL addresses) to a host of additional resources.”  

“The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution is an outstanding resource for any in-house counsel responsible for international dispute resolution issues,” said Kelly Tullier, EVP and General Counsel at Visa Inc. “The Manual provides valuable insights and guidance for all types and phases of alternative dispute resolution, enabling in-house counsel to more effectively manage and resolve their company’s international disputes. I highly recommend it.”

“This Manual is excellent,” said Peter A. Drucker, Director, Global Litigation, AkzoNobel Legal Group. “If you are responsible for insuring that your company or client handles international disputes effectively, then you must have a copy. You will consult it regularly.”  

The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution is available for purchase for $79 (for non-members) on CPR’s website HERE. All CPR member organizations are entitled to one free copy (plus S&H), and can purchase additional copies at a discounted price of $39.