International ADR Conference 2015 “Arbitration and Mediation - Both a Blessing and a Curse? Due Process and Use of ADR" on 21 September 2015 at the Institute for Law and Finance

On 21 September 2015, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mediation and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht of Deutsche Anwaltverein (DAV) in cooperation with the ILF hosted a joint conference on arbitration and mediation with a focus on due process and use of ADR at the House of Finance, Goethe University.

Dr. Thomas Lapp, Chair AG Mediation, and Prof. Dr. Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, Chair AG Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht, welcomed about 40 attendees and speakers and opened the conference by introducing the main topics and the speakers of the day.

The keynote speech on “Arbitration, Mediation, Adjudication and other ADR Procedures – A Danger for Due Process and Legal Protection” was given by Prof. em. Dr. Dres. h.c. Hans-Jürgen Papier, former president of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

The first presentation on “TTIP and CETA – Arbitration under Close Scrutiny?” was held by Dr. Anke Meier, Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators. She was followed by Prof. Dr. Ulla Gläßer, Academic Director of the Institute for Conflict Management European University Viadrina, who spoke about „ADR for Consumer Disputes – Regulatory Framework and Good Practice“. The last speaker before the lunch break, Dr. Hans-Patrick Schroeder, talked about the enforcement of procedural principles in arbitration in his speech “Lex Mercatoria Arbitralis”.

Michelle Ayu Chinta Kristy, Member of the Trade Information Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), opened the second part of the conference with her presentation „UNCTAD Dispute Settlement in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property“. She was followed by Birgit Sambeth Glasner, Chair of the ADR Commission Geneva Bar and Vice-President of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (SCCM), who spoke about “Arbitration and Mediation in Switzerland – Due Process Discussion or Best Practice of Dispute Resolution?“. The last speaker of the day was Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas, University of Zurich, who gave an insight on sports arbitration in his speech „The Causa Pechstein, or: Which Conclusions can be Drawn for Arbitration?“.

After concluding words by Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christian Salger, Anita Hertel, DC Global Mediation Forum, and Hang Nguyen, DC Secretary General, on behalf of the Diplomatic Council (DC) and Johan Billiet, President of the AIA, on behalf of the Association for International Arbitration (AIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The latter finally closed the conference by talking about “Responsibilities of ADR-Providers for Due Process”. Subsequently a reception was held for all speakers and participants.