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Abstract

Several international organisations, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), are now taking steps (albeit small and tentative ones) to establish an infrastructure of laws, rules and procedures which recognises ADR clauses and settlements reached in ADR [alternative dispute resolution] proceedings. These efforts are aimed at promoting certainty and consistency in the use of ADR processes and, ultimately, at expanding the options available to parties for the resolution of international commercial disputes. This article examines the latest initiatives of the ICC (namely the ICC ADR Rules) and UNCITRAL (namely the Draft UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation) to facilitate the use of ADR options such as mediation and conciliation.

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