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4.4. Mediation and Innovative Approaches to Resolving Cross-Border Disputes in the Context of Globalization

May 16, 2013 12:00-13:30 Hall VII

Title: 4.4. Mediation and Innovative Approaches to Resolving Cross-Border Disputes in the Context of Globalization

Track: 4. Litigation and Arbitration Practice

Description: The following topics are suggested for discussion:

— Efficient approaches to dispute resolution in socially important spheres as a constituent of state policy. EU initiatives (mandatory online resolution of consumer disputes arising in the Internet).

— Alternative and appropriate methods of dispute resolution. Mediation and its role in the system of ADR in XXI century.

— Mediation as an opportunity for dialogue between the authorities and the society in response to the challenges of the contemporary world.

— Methods of dispute resolution based on the interests of the parties as a means to assist economic cooperation and social partnership.

— Mediation as an extrajurisdictional method of dispute resolution capable to play a key role in maintaing constructive interactions in economic relationships.

— Alternative dispute resolution in the work of modern corporate lawyer.

— Efficient instruments for protecting intellectual property rights as an important aspect of protecting the interests of the state.


Tsisana Shamlikashvili

President, Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law


Education, academic degree

Tbilisi State Medical Institute (“neurology”), MD, PhD. Later received higher education as a lawyer and psychologist.

Professional experience.

Practicing mediator, lawyer, international expert in ADR.

Achievements, rewards

CEDR-accredited mediator, mediator of JAMS International (USA-UK), Member of Association for Integrated Mediation, Board member of EMNI, Council Member of Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University (USA), Associate Board Member of GEMME (Europe), Board Member of AAPMAD (Association of Academics for the Promotion of Mediation as Academic Discipline).

Publications, scientific works

Author of numerous scientific articles and books on mediation, alternative dispute resolution, law, psychology and neurology. Among others are such books as “Mediation as a Method of Out-of-court Dispute Resolution” (2006), “Management of Difficult Decisions in the XXI Century: Secrets of Building Consensus, or How to Make Everybody Content” (2009), “Why Does a Child Find Difficulties in Schooling and How to Help Him” (2010), “Mediation as ADR Method. Focusing on Judges” (2010), “The ABC’s of Mediation” (2011), “Introduction to Dialogics” (2011) etc.


Konstantin Dobrynin

Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Alexandra Nesterenko

President of the Non-profit Partnership "Russian Corporate Counsel Association"


Education, academic degree

Aleхandra graduated with honors from the Law Faculty of the Leningrad State University named after Zhdanov A.A.

Professional experience:

· After graduation Alexandra worked as an Attorney at Law at the Leningrad City Bar Association.

· After an internship at the Paris Bar Association she worked at the International law firm „Gide Loyrette Nouel” in Paris. On May 1992 Aleхandra opened a St. Petersburg branch of this firm.

· In 1998 she organized and headed a legal department of Unilever in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

· In 2004 Aleхandra became a Board member, Legal Director of British American Tobacco Russia.

· In 2006 she set up and headed a legal department of BNP Paribas Vostok, a Russian branch of the international bank, as a Vice-President on Legal and Corporate Affairs.

· In 2007 Aleхandra became a Deputy to the General Director on Legal Affairs of the State Corporation „Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies”, set up and managed the legal department of the State Corporation „Rusnanotech”, later OJSC „RUSNANO”.

· Since 2005 Alexandra has been a President of the non-commercial partnership „Russian Corporate Counsel Association”.

Achievements, rewards:

· In 2006 Aleхandra was awarded by the European Award Committee under the United Nations by the Order of Catherine the Great for „Distinguished Service for Good of Nations” and for considerable contribution into the development of the international legal community.

· In 2010 she got the Russian Corporate Counsel Association reward „Success” in the nomination „Leader of the Year”.

Publications, scientific works

Numerous publications in legal and business magazines and newspapers.

Ludmila Novoseleva

Chairman, Intellectual Property Rights Court

Fernando Paulino Pereira

Responsible for e-Law and e-Justice and judicial cooperation in civil matters at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union


Education, academic degree

Master’s degree in Law at the Faculty of Law, Lisbon University in 1980

Diploma in Advanced European Studies, main subject Law, at the College of Europe in 1982

Diploma in the theory and practice of international negotiation, “Harvard University”

Professional experience

Lawyer in Lisbon

Civil servant at the Ministry for Industry in Portugal, Department of European Affairs

Editor and manager of a journal for European Affairs, (political, economic and legal aspects), in Portugal

Head of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of European Affairs

Coordinator for the President’s department during Portugal’s presidency of the Council of the European Union (first six months of 1992)

Civil servant at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union: currently responsible for e-Law and e-Justice and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters

Chairman of the Working Party on e-Law in the two configurations: e-Justice and e-Law

Specialist area, professional interests

e-Law, e-Justice

Publications, scientific works

Several articles written and contributions made to seminars and conferences

Vladimir Pligin

Chairman of the Committee on the Constitutional Legislation, The State Duma of the Russian Federation

Hans van Loon

Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law


Johannes Hendrik Albert (Hans) van Loon was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 15 April 1948. He is married to Caroline H. (Carola) Engels; they have two daughters and a son.

Hans van Loon has been the Hague Conference’s Secretary General since 30 June 1996 and steered the Organisation during a time of global expansion and transformation.

He studied law and sociology at the University of Utrecht, and international law and international relations at the University of Leiden and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1966-1973). Following a traineeship with the Council of Europe (European Commission of Human Rights), he was admitted to the Bar in The Hague and practiced law with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, acting also before the European Court of Human Rights (case of Winterwerp v. The Netherlands, 1979, 1981). He was an Honorary Secretary of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Branch of the International Law Association (1977-1986).

He joined the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on 15 September 1978, combining his international functions until 1996 with those of Executive Secretary of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee on Private International Law, where he initiated, and was responsible for, the scientific organisation of the Committee’s work on the codification of private international law in the Netherlands (which would ultimately lead to Book 10 Civil Code). He also was a Substitute Judge in the Hague District Court (1984-1996).

He contributed to the development of the following international Conventions within the Hague Conference:

Convention of 25 October 1980 on International Access to Justice

Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition

Convention of 22 December 1986 on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods;

Convention of 1 August 1989 on the Law Applicable to Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons;

Convention of 19 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (which he initiated)

Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children;

Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults;

Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary;

Revision of the Statue of the Hague Conference (effective 1 January 2007);

Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance;

Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations

He taught at the Hague Academy of International Law (Summer 1993, Seminar for Advanced Studies 2012), at its external programs in San Jose (Costa Rica, 1995) and Abu Dhabi (UAE, 2010), the XXXIIth Session of the OAS Course on International Law (Rio de Janeiro, 2005), and at the University of Florida (Fall 1988). He lectured on the Hague Conference and its work at universities and academic institutions worldwide, and (co-) organised numerous international symposia concerning subject matters of (private) international law with other intergovernmental organisations, governments, and academic institutions, including on subjects such as the outlook for private international law after the fall of the Berlin Wall, damage to the environment, human rights, Islamic law, transfrontier family relations across the Mediterranean and beyond, registered partnerships, Internet and E-commerce.

He has widely published on numerous topics of private international law. He is a doctor honoris causa of the University of Osnabruck (Germany, 2001).

He was an expert consultant to the Governments of Costa Rica, Romania, Albania, Guatemala and Cambodia, as well as to the Senate of Paraguay, and to other international organisations (UNICEF, UNHCR), concerning international legal co-operation, in particular concerning Hague Conventions.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International (2009). He has been a Member of the European Group of Private International Law since its inception (1991), and is an honorary Member of the Associacion Americana de Derecho Internacional Privado (ASADIP, 2007).

Veniamin Yakovlev

Chairman of the Board of Private Law Research Center under the President of the Russian Federation, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation

Diana Wallis

Former Deputy Speaker of the European Parliament, the European lawyer and an accredited mediator


Education, academic degree

She gained a BA in History from University of London and an MA in Local Government from the University of Kent. She then undertook various Law studies; spending time at the Universities of Zurich and Liege and the College of Law in Chester. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983.

Professional experience

In June 1999 she was elected to the European Parliament and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009, finally serving five years as Vice President of the European Parliament. She resigned at the half term of the Parliamentary mandate in January 2012.

Specialist area, professional interests

As a parliamentarian the main focus of her legislative work and policy interests were Legal Affairs, particularly private international law, contract law and alternative dispute resolution, giving particular attention to mediation

Achievements, rewards

Diana is continuing her interest in these areas as a Fellow and Council member of the European Law Institute (ELI) and by becoming a board member of the International Mediation Institute in April 2012. In June 2012 Diana completed the training with CEDR to become an Accredited Mediator.

Publications, scientific works

Authored dozens of publications on the issues of public policy, wider use of direct democracy, alternative dispute resolution and mediation.