The International Law Institute is proud to offer a two-week seminar entitled Advanced Arbitration and Mediation from November 1st to November 12th, 2021. Course advisor, Ms. Anne Marie Whitesell, was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Georgetown University Law Center.

In today’s world, litigation is encumbered by high costs, long delays, and its limits in the international sphere. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in contrast, has grown markedly more popular in the last few decades as a cost-effective and time-efficient option to solve disputes. According to the Office of the United States Attorney General, ADR is critical for enabling government agencies to resolve disagreements before they escalate into contests that drain resources and impede work. In addition, earlier intervention provides valuable resources to discover systematic problems and creates a crucial opportunity to address needed changes. With a better comprehension of ADR options, government employees are better equipped to attract international business to their country and develop their own nation’s ADR system.

The first week of the seminar will focus on developing participant’s theoretical knowledge by introducing the basics of mediation and arbitration. Topics covered include an introduction to mediation and arbitration and their functional mechanisms, the decisions/awards of arbitrators and how they take effect, and the skills needed to be a successful mediator or arbitrator. The second week of the seminar will focus on developing practical experience through exercises.
The highlight of this week will be a simulated arbitration exercise. Participants will be given a hypothetical case and will make arguments as claimants and respondents. Experienced arbitrators will hear the case and provide feedback to participants.

This seminar includes theoretical and practical knowledge, drawing from the diverse instructors. The sessions will first address the theoretical knowledge needed to understand mediation and arbitration before transitioning into practical exercises, where participants will get hands on practice developing the skills necessary to be successful in the ADR process. The diverse backgrounds of participants will also allow for a stronger discussion of how ADR can best be utilized on an international scale.

The goal of this seminar is for participants to develop a stronger sense of what ADR is, how it functions, and how participants can utilize ADR to their professional benefit. This seminar is ideal for anyone who works in a governmental or international field or who works with contracts that may end up in a dispute. Participants will learn how to address disputes and how to draft contracts that prevent disputes in the first place, making the information in this seminar critical for those who work in any of the above-mentioned fields.

For more information on the seminar and the ILI course advisor, Ms. Anne Marie Whitesell, please visit our website here.


By: Hannah Emberts