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					  2010-2011 Committee Business Plan

      Division: Disputes
      Committee: International Mediation

      Co-Chair: Birgit Kurtz
      Co-Chair: Earl McLaren
      Vice-Chair: Lorraine Brennan
      Vice-Chair: William Herbert
      Vice-Chair: Jon Lang
      Vice-Chair: Calliope Sudborough
      Immediate-Past Chair: Duncan Cameron

Steering Committee Members and Responsibility:

        Programs: Duncan Cameron
        Projects: Earl McLaren
        Publications: William Herbert
        Policy: Lorraine Brennan
        Website: Birgit Kurtz
        Membership: Jon Lang and Calliope Sudborough




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Overall   Please provide a short     The general mission of the International
Goals     description of your        Mediation Committee (IMC) is to
          committee’s focus and      monitor and encourage the
          goals for 2010-11.         development of international mediation
                                     and other ADR processes (excluding
                                     arbitration) internationally to resolve
                                     commercial and investment disputes.
                                     Throughout the year the IMC will
                                     provide a community for section
                                     members who are interested in the field
                                     (through participation in the committee
                                     list serve and at committee meetings);
                                     develop CLE programs, session
                                     proposals, newsletter articles,
                                     committee newsletters, public service
                                     projects, and/or publication(s) to assist
                                     members; and may, on occasion, make
                                     policy recommendations.
          In what ways does your     Arrange joint programs with the
          committee expect to        International Arbitration and Litigation
          work together with other   Committees of the Section as well as
          committees within SIL      the Dispute Resolution Section, the
          (and the greater ABA) to   ABA Judicial Division, and the Young
          achieve your goals?        Lawyers Division, etc.




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Programs   Who on your committee      William Herbert
           will be responsible for
           this topic?
           Please identify any
           stand alone program
           currently approved for
           2010 including:

              General topic
              Date
              City
              Committee Co-
               Sponsors
            Outside partners if
               any
            Responsible
               committee leader
           Please identify any        The Committee is planning a joint
           stand alone program in     program with the International Chamber
           development or             of Commerce (ICC) to be held in Paris
           planning stage for         in early February 2011.
           2010 or 2011 including:
                                      Other suggested program topics
              General topic          include: reducing dispute resolution
              Date                   costs in view of the financial crisis; the
              City                   state of mediation in Europe; mediation
              Committee Co-          of natural resources trans-border
               Sponsors               commercial disputes; and the use of
              Outside partners if    mediation to resolve investment
               any                    disputes with states under ICSID.
              Responsible
               committee leader

           Minimum planning time
           for stand alone meetings
           is 9 months ahead.




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                          The Committee is planning a CLE
Please Identify any CLE   Teleconference on the EU Directive
Teleconference in         2008/52/EC on certain aspects of
development or            mediation in civil and Commercial
planning stage for        matters. The date for this
2010 or 2011 including:   teleconference has yet to be
                          determined but is targeted for Winter
   General topic         2010. The responsible committee
   Date                  leaders are William Herbert and
   Committee Co-         Calliope Sudborough.
    Sponsors
 Outside partners if
    any
 Responsible
    committee leader
Minimum planning time
for CLE Teleconference
is 4-6 weeks.
Please identify any
Brown Bags, Hot
Topics, or Breakfast at
the Bar meetings that
the committee is
planning for 2010 or
2011 including:

   General topic
   Date
   Committee Co-
    Sponsors
 Outside partners if
    any
 Responsible
    committee leader
Minimum planning time
for Non-CLE programs
is 3-4 weeks.




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Special        Who on your committee      Earl Mclaren
Projects       will be responsible for
               this topic?
               Please describe all        The Committee is developing a concept
               committee projects         for outreach to in-house counsel and
               currently underway or      foreign legal entities in order to promote
               planned for 2010 and       the use of mediation as well as training
               beyond. For each           in mediation. The responsible
               project please provide     Committee member is Lorraine
               the following              Brennan.
               information:

                  Target date for
                   completion;
                  Outside partners if
                   any;
                  Any ABA staff
                   assistance
                   requested

Publications   Who on your committee      William Herbert
               will be responsible for
               this topic?
               Please indicate which of   The Committee plans to publish a joint
               the following the          newsletter twice per year together with
               committee plans to         the International Litigation Committee
               produce in 2009-2010.      and the International Arbitration
                                          Committee of the Section. The next
                   Newsletter            issue is scheduled for publication in
                   E-bulletins/News      early Winter 2010. The Committee will
                    Brief                 also contribute to the YIR under the
                 Book                    direction of William Herbert.
                 YIR
               For each, please advise
               target publication
               date(s).




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Website   Who on your committee       Birgit Kurtz
          will be responsible for
          this topic?
          What steps is the           The Committee will solicit proposed
          committee taking to         program information in the field of
          develop content for its     international commercial mediation for
          webpage on the Section      posting on the Committee’s website.
          of International Law        Links to Committee member
          website?                    publications will also be posted on the
                                      website.
          For each, please advise
          target update schedule.

Policy    Who on your committee       Lorraine Brennan
          will be responsible for
          this topic?

          Please describe all         The Committee will reach-out to           Ongoing.
          committee policy            international ADR providers such as the
          initiatives currently       CPR, ICC, ICDR, etc., to participate in
          underway or planned         the development of international
          for 2010-11 and             commercial mediation and other ADR
          beyond. For each            policies and practices.
          initiative please provide
          the following
          information:

             Policy Initiative

             Target date for
              completion;




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Membership   Who on your committee       Jon Lang and Calliope Sudborough
             will be responsible for
             this topic?

             What steps do you plan      The Committee will aggressively reach-
             to take to increase your    out to foreign legal and mediation
             membership generally?       entities (such as the IBA, foreign Bar
             [Please do not include      Associations and Legal Societies) to
             programs, projects and      develop strategic partnerships to
             publications again here.]   promote the use of international
                                         commercial mediation and encourage
             For each, please identify   cooperation between these entities and
             target completion date;     the IMC as well as the Section. The
             and committee leader        primary Committee members
             responsible.                responsible for this task will be Jon
                                         Lang and Calliope Sudborough
                                         although the entire Steering Group will
                                         be encouraged to identify and facilitate
                                         affiliations with other foreign legal and
                                         mediation entities.
             What steps are planned      The Committee will work with the ABA
             specifically to attract     Young Lawyers Division to promote
             young lawyers and law       awareness of international commercial
             students?                   mediation and encourage participation
                                         by the Division. The responsible
             For each, please identify   Committee member is Birgit Kurtz.
             target completion date;
             and committee leader
             responsible.




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What steps are planned      The Committee will work with the
to further the section’s    various national minority Bar
diversity goals?            associations such as the National Bar
                            Association, the Hispanic Bar
For each, please identify   Association, the Asian-Pacific Bar
target completion date;     Association, etc., to promote
and committee leader        awareness of international commercial
responsible.                mediation and membership in the IMC,
                            and to encourage participation by these
                            associations in the activities of the
                            Committee. The responsible
                            Committee members are: Birgit Kurtz
                            and Earl McLaren.

Which committee             Earl McLaren
leader(s) is responsible
for responding to
enquiries from new or
potential members?
What are the dates and      Noon ET on the second Wednesday of
times for monthly           each month.
Steering Group Calls?

What steps are planned      The Committee boasts an energetic
to address succession       slate of Vice Chairs who are actively
planning within the         engaged in the Committee’s meetings
committee leadership?       and activities. Also, monthly Steering
                            Group teleconferences will encourage
For each, please identify   participation of the general
target completion date;     membership (who are also invited to
and committee leader        participate in these meetings). Ad hoc
responsible.                Committee assignments are often
                            made to non-Steering Group members.




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Other              Please describe any
information        projects or activities in
                   which your Committee is
                   working together with
                   any other organisation,
                   and identify the
                   responsible leader.



                   Please identify any
                   assistance not listed
                   above that is requested
                   from the SIL staff,
                   whether in
                   administrative support or
                   legal project support.

General
Comments




   By signing below, I verify that this business plan has been approved by all the officers and members of the Steering Committee and the Division Chair


   Submitted by:         Earl McLaren, Committee Co-Chair                           Date: 06 October, 2010




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