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ADRC approved as IMI Qualifying Assessment Program

ADRC has been approved by IMI Independant Standards Commission as a Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP) for International Mediators. For further details, please click https://imimediation.org/qap-profle-adrc

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Delcy Lagones de Anglim appears at UN General Assembly at New York.

Our managing director Delcy Lagones de Anglim spoke at the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II in New York on 6 February 2017. The objective of this session was the preparation of an instrument on the enforcement of international commercial settlement agreements resulting from mediation or concilliation. Delcy attended as head of the LawAsia delegation.

Thai Arbitration Institute introduces new arbitration rules

The Thai Arbitration Institute has introduced new arbitration rules. English version available here (http://adrcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Thai-Arbitration-Rules-English-version-PDF.pdf)

ADRC Prize for Achievement in Mooting

The ADRC was proud to present Jake Dunne from the University of Canberra with the annual ADRC Prize for Achievement in Mooting. The Award was presented by ADRC Director Delcy Lagones de Anglim.

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Mediation Training in Vietnam

ADRC Managing Director and Chairwoman, Delcy Lagones de Anglim and Director Tom Stodulka just returned from Vietnam where they conducted a series of training courses in collaboration with the Vietnam Bar Federation. They conducted four succesful and well attended events in Dong Nai, Bin Duong, Hanoi and Hai Phong. We look forward to our continuing collaboration with the Vietnam Bar Federation.

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Peter McMullin resigned from ADRC

It is with great sadness that the ADRC announces that Director Peter McMullin has resigned from the ADRC. Peter will be going on to manage the McMullin group, as well as continuing his work in the legal field and in international trade and commerce. His time with us has been fruitful and eventful, and the ADRC wishes him all the best for the future.
 

ADRC welcomes Hugh Bell

The ADRC would like to welcome its new intern, Hugh Bell, to its ranks. Hugh is a law graduate and a qualified mediator in Australia. Hugh has already assisted us with organising this years UNICTRAL Trade Law Conference, held in Canberra on 19 and 20 May 2016 Hugh will continue to spend his time with the ADRC helping with our day-to-day operations and will assist us with our international training efforts. We look forward to working with Hugh now and in the future.

International Role

Delcy has been working as a consultant to the World Bank since June 2015, as a Dispute Resolution Expert.

Young International Mediation Competition

In July, Delcy was principal trainer at the 2nd Young International Mediation Competition in Hong Kong. The competition, organised by the Vis Moot Foundation, ran for four days. Delcy headed the training component, spending two days training six university teams from around the world to learn and develop skills in mediation processes and techniques in realistic situations. Delcy then acted as judge over the two days of competition. Students enjoyed Delcy’s practical training, including the “musical chairs” exercise, and were committed to continuing their learning experience in mediation. Many vowed to maintain the relationships formed during this valuable competition. The Competition was won by the team from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and it closed with a gala dinner and awards presentation

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Delcy named International Mediator of the Year 2016

Delcy was awarded the ‘International Mediator of the Year’ award by the Australian Dispute Centre. In a ceremony held at the Australian Golf Club, Delcy was named ‘International Mediator of the Year’. The Australian Dispute Centre is Australia’s oldest and one of Australia’s most respected mediation organisations, and many of Delcy’s respected colleagues were present at the event to witness and support her receiving of this award. Delcy would like to thank the ADC and all of her esteemed colleagues for this prestigious award.

ADRC presence at Mediation moot in Paris

Director Peter McMullin was invited to be a Judge in the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition recently held in Paris. An exemplary event,the Competition drew more that 500 participants from 34 countries for five days in February, 2015. Peter was impressed with the quality of the participants and the organisation of the event. Sponsored by leading law firms such as Clifford Chance and Eversheds, the KPMG Winner of the Competition was Houston Law Center, who pipped a strong team from São Paulo, Brazil. On his return to Australia, Peter said: “The fact that so many leading universities and law firms have invested heavily in this Competition, now in its 10th year, augurs very well for the future of mediation and it’s status in the ADR world. I hope we will be able to develop such a Competition here in the Asia-Pacific region, and I am in active discussion with potential partners in such an endeavour” Director Delcy Lagones de Anglim has acted as a Mediator and Judge in the Competition on previous occasions, but was unable to participate this year due to other commitments.

Competitors at the Paris Mediation Moot.

Competitors at the Paris Mediation Moot.

 

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End-of-year cocktail party & book presentation

On December 22, ADRC was the proud host of Professor Fernando Dias Simões, visiting Australia from the Faculty of Law at the University of Macau. He presented his recently published book ‘Commercial Arbitration between China and the Portuguese speaking world’, providing insight into this market. Due to its exceptional placement between cultures and languages, acting as a bridge between the legal systems of China and the lusophone countries, Macau has been put forward as a potential hub of arbitration similar to the likes of Singapore or Hong Kong. Fernando’s book will prove valuable not only to practitioners of arbitration interested in this emerging new center, but also to anyone interested in China’s place in the international market in generqal. ADRC thanks him for the presentation made at our end-of-year function and is looking forward to host him again in the future.

Professional recognition – November 2014

ADRC proudly announces that Delcy Lagones de Anglim has been awarded the 2014 LEADR Practitioner Award for Significant Contribution to Dispute Resolution, for Commitment to excellence in practice of Dispute Resolution in Australia. With this, two of the ADRC’s directors are now proud possessors of this highly prestigious LEADR Excellence Awards, a true reflection of the high level expertise and professionalism ADRC stands for in the field.

Hanoi training – October 2014

Over an intensive week in October Delcy Lagones de Anglim and Tom Stodulka conducted an introductory training on ADR in general and in mediation in particular to legal practitioners in Hanoi, Vietnam. The event co-organised by ADRC with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) was a great success, attracting more than 60 participants and an invitation to return for another professional training in May 2015.

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UNCITRAL conference Macau – October 2014

On 17-18 October Delcy Lagones de Anglim and Dr Dalma Demeter both presented at the UNCITRAL – University of Macau Asia-Pacific Fall Conference on ‘Trade development through the harmonisation of commercial law’. Delcy’s presentation addressed the issue of ‘Development of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacifc Region’, while Dalma’s presentation raised some uncomfortable questions regarding ‘Freedom versus Security in Regulating ADR and International Arbitration’. Both presentations are invited to be published as part of an edited book.

Presence in Kuala Lumpur – September 2014

In September, Director Peter McMullin attended the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) conference in Kuala Lumpur “Beyond 2020: Asia-Pacific As An Engine For Sustainable Growth”. Peter is Vice-President of CACCI, which comprises members from 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Arbitration and mediation are seen by many of those countries as essential elements of a functioning legal system, and ADRC’s advice was sought by many interested in developing their understanding further. ADRC will continue to visit countries within the region to advocate the benefits of robust ADR systems.

Introducing ADRC in Thailand – July 2014

In July, Director Peter McMullin attended the Austcham Conference in Bangkok “Enabling prosperity: how to avoid the middle-income trap”. The conference focussed on the next steps for Thailand’s economy, including the need to strengthen Thailand’s commercial dispute resolution capacity. A great deal of interest was shown by attendees at the conference, including international law firms based in Thailand, in the work of ADRC in the areas of arbitration and mediation. ADRC has been invited to return to Bangkok in October to further develop that work.

Dalma Demeter, Delcy Lagones de Anglim and Peter McMullin.

Dalma Demeter, Delcy Lagones de Anglim and Peter McMullin.

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Official Launch – May 2014

The High Court of Australia at dusk provided the perfect setting for the launch of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre (ADRC) on Thursday, May 29th, 2014. A distinguished crowd comprising members of the legal profession, consular corps, the business community, government representatives and academics mingled together before Bryan Clark, Chief Executive of the International Chamber of Commerce Australia, who officially launched the Centre. ADRC Directors Delcy Lagones de Anglim, Dr Dalma Demeter and Peter McMullin spoke of their enthusiasm for the future work of the Centre, together with their commitment to work together to promote alternative dispute resolution principles and practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Attendees at the launch commented on the exceptional location, the exquisite food, wine and music that accompanied the event, making it such a truly memorable occasion. The Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended, as well as those who were unable to attend but sent their best wishes for the future success of the Centre. We would also like to thank the staff at the High Court of Australia for their courteous assistance on the night

Media Release – March 2014

Australia’s growing trade and business relationships with the Asia-Pacific region and the legal world’s embrace of mediation for speedy dispute resolution have prompted four Australian lawyers to establish a dispute resolution centre specialising in cross-border disputes. Melbourne-based Peter McMullin, special counsel with Cornwall Stodart and an International Chamber of Commerce (Australia) board member, is a founding director of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre. Mr McMullin, former deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Mayor of Geelong, and a business adviser to East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, says the four directors have strong relationships with the region, business knowledge and extensive mediation expertise. The Canberra-based centre, will have a presence in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi. Its establishment coincides with the launch of the International Chamber of Commerce’s mediation rules in Australia in late March. They have been operative since January 1. Director Delcy Lagones de Anglim, a Canberra-based Peruvian lawyer, is one of only eight Australian practitioners certified by the Hague-based International Mediation Institute and is a judge at the ICC’s annual International Mediation Competition. Dalma Demeter, a Hungarian/Romanian lawyer and University of Canberra academic, coached the Hong Kong International Arbitration Moot winners last year. Tom Stodulka, a lawyer and former naval officer, coaches and assesses new mediators and was recently awarded a LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers medal for his contribution to mediation in Australia. “Victoria has had a very strong track record in mediation so we have got an enormous amount of expertise here to share with the region,” Mr McMullin says. He says conflict of laws and cultural differences mean many cross-border disputes require a very specific approach: “We are trying to tailor our mediation methods to the actual dispute and the cultural context. We are specifically focusing on cross-border, intercountry disputes – they could be business, government, NGO. “For example, there is a lot of work in resolving disputes about cultural artefacts. The repatriation of stolen Cambodian treasures has been the subject of mediation.” While there would always be issues which could be resolved only by a court, mediation was increasingly seen as an attractive way of concluding issues which would otherwise drag on through the courts or never be resolved. For example, last November the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre was established by Israeli and Palestinian judges to resolve US $5 billion worth of disputes outstanding because neither state recognised the other’s jurisdiction. Mr McMullin said that it was common for contracts to specify which countries laws would prevail when a dispute arose, but when that happened , “all hell breaks loose. Often an early issue in a dispute is jurisdiction but we can put that aside in the mediation context.” The global downturn, court delays, waiting lists and cost-cutting by companies and governments were also driving the push to mediation. ”This is seen as a respected form of dispute resolution, using the expertise of lawyers trained in ADR. It is adapting legal systems to the current economic circumstances.” Mr McMullin and his co-directors will undertake mediations, co-mediations, arbitrations and training. Two of the directors, Lagones de Anglim and Demeter were guest speakers at the New York State Bar Association International section conference in Hanoi last October, The centre is developing a mediation training package for one of the bar associations in the region and has also been asked to train lawyers in mediation in Nepal, and undertaking training in India, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.

Hanoi conference – October 2013

Two of the Directors of the Centre were invited to present at the New York State Bar Association International Section’s Seasonal Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr Dalma Demeter presented on the relationship between courts and international arbitration in Australia, while Delcy Lagones de Anglim presented on hot topics in ADR, international litigation and arbitration.