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Following the announcement last month that the two leading providers of mediation services in Europe and the United States were to form a strategic alliance, CEDR has unveiled its online tips for lawyers in international mediation. The alliance will be formalised tonight in a function with 150 leading members of the European legal community at One Great George Street in Westminster, UK.

To commemorate the first major transatlantic alliance for mediation and knowing firsthand the intricacies and problems of international mediation, CEDR has created a step-by-step systematic guide of tips to help legal professionals through the process. The freely available online tips deal in detail with how to prepare, process and achieve a successful international mediation.

The tips point out that long distances, cultural misunderstandings political intervention and shifting commercial agendas often complicate international disputes, yet with a structured blueprint to followed, it is possible to address the different dimensions of a dispute and achieved a resolution.

The tips and alliance are likely to be of most use to insurance, finance, employment and entertainment lawyers who are in the sectors commonly affected by international disputes which are suitable for mediation.

The alliance provides US and European law firms and international businesses in transatlantic disputes with the best local mediators of the highest quality. CEDR and JAMS will be working together to develop even more effective dispute resolution for global markets and sharing best practice and education to improve and broaden the field for civil justice systems.

“CEDR and JAMS feel it is in the international arena that mediation has the potential to make the biggest difference to business. The more complex the problem, the greater the need for a broader and flexible approach to solutions, which is what we want to facilitate,” said Eileen Carroll, Deputy CEDR Chief Executive and co-author of the tips for lawyers in international mediation.

The alliance launch in Europe follows launch in the US at the American Bar Association Conference in Los Angeles on 14 April 2005.


Notes to editors

About CEDR, The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
CEDR is the leading mediation provider within the United Kingdom and Europe. An independent non-profit organisation, CEDR has been supported by multinational business and leading professional bodies since 1990. Its track record of over 10,000 dispute referrals includes some of the most complex cases ever to be brought to mediation. CEDR may be reached at 44-020-7536- 6000 and on the web at

About JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Founded in 1979, JAMS, The Resolution Experts, is the US’s largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services. With 23 Resolution Centers across the United States, JAMS and its more than 200 full-time, exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of important cases each year. JAMS may be reached at 01-949-224-1810 and on the web at


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