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Conversion Course for International Accredited Professional Mediator of IDRRMI

Background

Following globalization and the dedicated promotion of various development strategies and plans of China, including the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the 13th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, more and more cross-border commercial and trading businesses are being brought about. It is then expected that commercial disputes will follow. In addition, with the signing ceremony of a new mediation convention approved by the United Nations Commission International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) taking place soon, there will be growing demand for high-end international legal services from businesses.

As a leading dispute resolution center in the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong is well-positioned to provide cross-border dispute resolution services. Mediators in Hong Kong are thus faced with more challenges, and more opportunities to handle commercial disputes which may involve or be caused by the differences in judiciary systems and social institutions in cross-border settings.

Aim of the Course

This course is designed for people who are interested in becoming an International Accredited Mediator of International Dispute Resolution and Risk Management Institute (IDRRMI) or handling international commercial disputes. It covers Mainland China’s Diversified Dispute Resolution Mechanism and the model of international commercial mediation. By understanding the differences between various judicial systems, Hong Kong mediators will learn to cater to the business culture and industry needs of different places so as to effectively settle international commercial disputes through the International Dispute Resolution platform using Med-Arb or Court-connected Mediation. Meanwhile, the course will increase students’ ability to resolve international or cross-border disputes so that they can provide local and international enterprises with high-quality and professional services in the future and be part of the top-notch team of dispute resolution experts.

Students who have completed the course and passed the assessment can obtain the internationally recognized qualification of an International Accredited Professional Mediator of IDRRMI, putting theories and skills learned in the course into practice on international commercial mediation platform for resolving international commercial disputes. Moreover, upon completion of the course, students will be awarded 15 CPD points from Hong Kong Mediation Centre.

Course Outline

Part 1 – The Development of the Diversified Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the Mainland and Operation of the Latest International Commercial Dispute Resolution Mechanism

  • Introduction and latest development of the Diversified Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the Mainland
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution System
  • UNCITRAL’s latest development and the signing of Singapore Convention on Mediation
  • Use of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Mechanism in settling the Belt and Road international trade and investment disputes
  • Development of the cross-border mediation procedure between investors and the government
  • Singapore Convention on Mediation: Opportunities and Challenges for China and Hong Kong

Part 2 – The Application of International Commercial Dispute Resolution Model

  • Essential skills for International Accredited Professional Mediators
  • Rules and guidelines of international dispute resolution Model
  • Application and practice of international dispute resolution Model skills
  • Application of relevant documents of International Dispute Resolution Mechanism
  • Interaction and Cooperation with International Dispute Resolution Advocates

Part 3 – Mainland Judiciary System and the Role of an International Dispute Resolution Advocate

  • Constitution and mainland Administrative Laws, categories of Civil and Commercial Laws
  • Brief introduction of the judiciary structure and the litigation procedures of the Mainland (Civil and Commercial)
  • Validity and significance of the International Dispute Resolution Mechanism
  • Key points in Med-Arb and Court-connected Mediation for international disputes
  • Role of an International Dispute Resolution Advocate and the legal basis of providing professional services
  • Importance of the professional services before and after international dispute resolution

Part 4 – Cross-border Cases Sharing and Study

  • Types and case study of cross-border disputes (and the application of relevant Laws of the Mainland)
  • Provision of various supporting documents of cross-border cases
  • Assessment for the preferred options of cross-border cases

Part 5 – Assessment

  • Group meeting and assessment (some parts will be conducted in Putonghua)

Target

  • Accredited mediators of Hong Kong Mediation Centre or Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited
  • Persons who are interested in converting to be the International Accredited Professional Mediator of IDRRMI
  • Persons who intend to deal with international commercial mediation cases

Eligibility

  • Persons who are educated about mediation; and
  • Persons who are proficient in spoken English and/or Putonghua

Certification

Upon completion of this Conversion Course for International Accredited Professional Mediators

  • Students attaining ≥ 70% attendance in the course will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance
  • Students attaining ≥ 70% attendance and passing the end-of-course assessment will be awarded a Certificate of Completion
  • Candidates successfully passing the assessment are eligible to apply to be the International Accredited Professional Mediators of IDRRMI with the presence of the Certificate of Completion or the Assessment Results within a year

Trainers

A team of recognized and experienced trainers and mediators of IDRRMI

Course Details

Duration 15 Hours
Date 19, 21, 26, 28 & 30 November 2018
Time 7pm - 10pm
Venue 21/F, Success Commercial Building, 245-251 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Teaching Medium Cantonese and Putonghua (Teaching materials mainly in Chinese)
Tuition Fee HK$ 4,300 (HKMC Professional Mediator Member)
HK$ 5,000 (Non HKMC Member)
Assessment fee included
Assessment Fee HK$ 800*
*Only applicable to the students who have completed the "Certificate Course on Mainland and Hong Kong Mediation Practice (1) / (2)” organized by the Hong Kong Mediation Centre. They can choose to directly apply for the assessment by paying the assessment fee and providing the certificate of the relevant course.
Application Method Please complete the application form (https://goo.gl/forms/IOLUNOIr9vMFlvUn1) and submit the cheque or payment receipt to AIDRN by email, mail or in person on or before the deadline.
Payment Methods
  1. Cheque (Payable to "Mainland - Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center Limited”. Please put down your name, contact number and course title at the back of the cheque. Only applicable to owners of a Hong Kong bank account.)
  2. Bank Transfer (Please transfer the tuition fee to Bank of China Account 012-704-0-007316-3. Please also put down your name, contact number and course title at the back of the bank-in slip.)
Deadline 14 November 2018