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From the Disputing Blog of Karl Bayer, Victoria VanBuren, and Holly Hayes.
I just received and read the 2009 statistical report of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, an institution that ranks among the best in the world according to several surveys.
As you will see, of 225 cases filed last year with the SCC, only 3 were resolved through mediation. That’s negligible.
At ADR Resources, we follow worldwide trends on arbitration and mediation. Over the past five years numerous reports have indicated that the international business community was ready to shift from an “arbitration-only” scenario, to a growing use of mediation, a growing use of a multi-tier approach to resolve commercial disputes.
It all appears to be a case of intentions, not deeds –lip service, if you will. When it comes to drafting international commercial contracts, arbitration reigns supreme as the preferred ADR method by far thus far. There is no “growing” use of mediation to levels that would suggest even a slight shift to mediation to resolve international business disputes.
Now, why? Not enough experienced mediators out there in this whole, big world? An entrenched sense that binding arbitration is best when it comes to resolving international commercial disputes? Not enough work on the part of ADR organizations to promote the use of mediation in “big-time” international commercial transactions? A bit of “all of the above”?
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While in law school, Victoria was a Graduate Research Assistant for Professor John S. Dzienkowski, from The University of Texas at Austin. She was responsible for selecting cases for inclusion in the textbook International Petroleum Transactions. Victoria was particularly involved in researching the areas of international business litigation and arbitration. She also performed extensive research on political and economic risks within the context of international licensing agreements.
Having lived and studied in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., Victoria brings a unique perspective to Karl Bayer. Right after high school, Victoria moved to Canada to study English and French. Born and raised in Mexico, she is a native Spanish speaker and a graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnologico y the Estudios Superiores de Monterrey), where she concentrated in Physics and Mathematics.
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
- National Hispanic Bar Association (NHBA)
- State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property
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