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For more than a decade, CPR has been engaged in a broad range of initiatives designed to enhance understanding and capacity for dispute resolution in general – with a specific focus on mediation – in the Asia-Pacific region.  In 2004, the US-China Business Mediation Center –the first of its kind in China – was established as a joint project of CPR and the Conciliation Centers of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).  Since that time, CPR has continued to build a network of formal and informal alliances in the region with the objective of enhancing CPR’s ability to enable its members and others to connect to a network of knowledgeable and trusted resources for dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our most recent project:

Collaborating with the ABA DR Section and The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific to convene the Asia-Pacific International Mediation Summit which was held in New Delhi, India on February 12- 15, 2015. The Summit engaged a range of experienced dispute resolution practitioners, academics, judges, attorneys, mediators, and users such as international corporate representatives and government entities, on topics including building sustainable mediation programs, best practices in court-connected and community mediation programs, commercial mediation, cross-border international mediation, enforceability of international mediation agreements, and the future of mediation in Asia.

Dignitaries, including senior members of the judiciary and senior government officials, who attended the Summit include:

• Renaud Sorieul, Secretary of UNCITRAL and Director of the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations

• Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon – Supreme Court of Singapore

• Rimsky Yuen – Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong

• James Silkenat, Immediate Past Presitent, American Bar Association, United States

• Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar – Supreme Court of India

• Mukul Rohatgi – Attorney General of India

• Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri – Supreme Court of India

• Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul – Chief Justice Madras High Court of India

• Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud – Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court of India

• Justice Madan Lokur – Supreme Court of India

• Ajit Prakash Shah – Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and now Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India

• Justice T. S. Thakur – Supreme Court of India

Other recent work includes:

  • Initial scoping work regarding development mediation capacity in Vietnam under recent mediation law, with the goal of adaptation and replication in regional emerging economies. (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
  • High-level meetings in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand with governmental representatives and NGOS, and representatives of organizations in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. (Fall 2013)
  • A survey of business interests in China and Southeast Asia, with the input of key coalition partners experienced in those markets to identify and better understand attitudes regarding the use of dispute resolution techniques and potential the barriers to growth of mediation.  
    • The survey was completed in January 2013 and the results are summarized in the survey report document available in the Resources sidebar. 
  • Development of an alliance with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA), Australia’s largest independent arbitration and mediation provider. (May 2012)