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Cross-border Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution Advocacy Services
To deal with cross-border and international disputes, the Institute of Mediators have launched Cross-border Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution Advocacy Services in a bid to provide the public a rather comprehensive professional service.

Cross-border Dispute Resolution is an enhanced service to assist disputants to settle their cross-border or international disputes in an effective and amicable way. If parties can resolve their dispute by mediation through this service, the settlement agreement can be enforced across the world by mean of arbitral award issued by an arbitration institution in the jurisdiction, in which parties desire to have their settlement agreement enforced. Contrary to the general mediation service, under this mechanism parties shall jointly appoint an International Accredited Professional Mediator to deal with their dispute.

International Accredited Professional Mediator (IAPM)
This qualification is granted by the Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHJMC). An IAPM specialises in cross-border and international dispute resolutions. Parties who are involved in commercial disputes can make use of a mechanism initiated by MHJMC, by which parties can appoint an IAPM to resolve their disputes or narrow down discrepancies in a rather amicable way. If parties can reach a settlement through mediation, they can enforce their settlement agreement by way of an arbitral award issued by the relevant arbitration centre. Parties can then enforce the arbitral award in more than 150 national courts including China. If, however, parties are not able to settle their dispute then they can carry on with legal proceedings by mean of other dispute resolutions for example, arbitration.

International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocacy Service
This is a dispute resolution consultancy service, which is one of our core services. The International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate (IPDRA) mainly analyzes the facts of the case, assesses the risks and advises the client on how the dispute should be resolved at the early stage of the dispute. The IPDRA can also monitor the progress of the case, reply to correspondence, attend conferences and mediation meetings on behalf of the client. The IPDRA will keep the client informed of the progress of the case and make arrangements from time to time until the conclusion of the case.

More importantly, an IPDRA can assist the client in enforcement of settlement agreement out of jurisdiction.

If you would like to seek professional advice, please contact us by email or call us for more information.

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