International Mediation Updates
Here is another in a series of updates on international mediation developments from Mediate.com News Editor Keith Seat.
- Mexico and the U.S. agreed on a three member mediation panel to address the issue of expanding export of U.S. potatoes to all of Mexico. Alamosa News.com (June 28, 2011)
- Britain is considering requiring claimants to participate in mediation before filing libel claims in court to save money and time and to deter foreigners from “libel tourism.” Mail Online (June 16, 2011)
- Mediation urged in Ireland when wills are contested as well as other areas involving vulnerable people. Irish Times.com (June 24, 2011)
- A Mediation Helpline has been established in Scotland to provide information and encourage greater use of mediation. Scottish Mediation Helpline; News.Scotsman.com (May 9, 2011)
- As a result of increasing litigation and backlog in its courts, Cyprus will soon open a mediation and arbitration center designed to boost its profile, and will include training in alternative dispute resolution for lawyers from the Middle East and North Africa. The Lawyer (June 6, 2011)
- Bahrain is seeking to develop its mediation capacity to attract additional business; a mediation training in Bahrain was attended by over 50 professionals. AME Info.com (June 13, 2011)
- A National Commission for Civic Education official in Ghana urges expedited action to extend an alternative dispute resolution program to all lower courts throughout Ghana. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (May 12, 2011)
- A pilot mediation program has begun in Thane district court, which may be expanded to the entire state of Maharashtra, India. The Times of India (June 29, 2011)
- The Gujarat State Lawyers Conference in India concluded with Gujarat Justice stressing the need for mediation instead of litigation. The Times of India (May 2, 2011)
- Expert encourages increased mediation for the legal aid system in Hong Kong. The Standard.com.hk (June 7, 2011)
- A new electric cooperative in the Philippines has established a mediation and conciliation committee to resolve intra-cooperative disputes. PIA.gov.ph (May 1, 2011)
- A requirement that banks must offer mediation to farmers prior to foreclosure may expand from New South Wales to Victoria, Australia, under legislation introduced in Parliament; A$3.5 million has been allocated for the Farm Debt Mediation Scheme. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (June 30, 2011); Stock & Land (May 9, 2011)
Keith L. Seat is a full-time mediator and arbitrator who can effectively assist parties in resolving a wide range of telecommunications, antitrust and other commercial disputes. With over twenty years of legal experience as a mediator, arbitrator, litigator, advocate before executive branch agencies, and key staffer in the legislative and judicial branches, Mr. Seat brings a wealth of experience to his work as a mediator and arbitrator to help parties reach successful resolutions of complex disputes.
Mr. Seat began his legal career in a federal clerkship with U.S. District Judge William H. Becker, and then litigated antitrust and commercial disputes for many years at a major Washington law firm, Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White, where he first worked on telecom and technology issues. In 1993, Mr. Seat was named General Counsel of the Antitrust, Business Rights and Competition Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for four years, playing a significant role in the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Returning to the private sector in 1997, Mr. Seat rounded out his experience with a senior in-house counsel position at MCI, one of the nation’s largest telecommunications firms. At MCI, he gained a first-hand appreciation for the important perspective brought to issues and disputes by in-house decision-makers. Mr. Seat also deepened his knowledge of telecom issues and gained experience addressing competition-related issues in the corporate setting, as well as helping resolve disputes among large organizations.
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