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<xTITLE>International Mediation Developments - November 2014</xTITLE>

International Mediation Developments - November 2014

by Keith Seat
November 2014 Keith Seat
This is another in a series of updates on International Mediation Developments from News Editor, Keith Seat.

International Mediation Developments
The World Trade Organization has approved a new mediation system to resolve food safety policy disagreements among members to minimize the problems facing importers and exporters.  WTO (September 10, 2014)
At a training program on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Lagos, the Nigeria Shippers’ Council strongly encouraged use of mediation for settling commercial disputes.  Nigerian Tribune (October 2, 2014)
A three-day regional mediation conference brought together 140 mediators from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of  (September 18, 2014)
The Kigali International Arbitration Centre in Rwanda has launched a mediation service for business disputes with 30 trained mediators.  East African Business Week (September 27, 2014)
A survey in Rwanda found that over 70 percent of the public are satisfied with the performance of mediation committees, a concept developed ten years ago to help resolve mostly land-related disputes; mediation committees have resolved over 8,000 land-related cases.  Women play a large role on the mediation committees in many disputes.  AllAfrica (October 4, 2014); AllAfrica (October 16, 2014)
Mediation is slowly developing in Belarus as about 100 mediator licenses have been issued in 2014, following enactment of mediation legislation in 2013 and an earlier pilot project.  Belarusian News (October 15, 2014)
Russia’s supreme court has proposed legislation incorporating mediation into a required process to seek settlement prior to filing litigation in commercial courts. RAPSI (October 21, 2014)
A new building has been completed for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in Kochi, on the west coast of India, to house various ADR agencies, including 50 mediators, that had been located in separate locations.  The New Indian Express (October 29, 2014)
Singapore has begun a six-month pilot project using mediation to resolve disputes between taxi drivers and taxi companies, insurance firms and the drivers themselves.  Channel NewsAsia (October 22, 2014)



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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