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USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution Fifth Annual Symposium - Bridging the Common and Civil Law Chasm (Webinar 3)


USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution Fifth Annual Symposium - Bridging the Common and Civil Law Chasm (Webinar 3)

Presented by USC Gould School of Law and JAMS

CLE Webinar Credit: CA and NY CLE credit will be provided

Program Recording: LINK
Program Materials: LINK

USC Gould School of Law and JAMS are pleased to invite you to our Fifth Annual Symposium.

Our Annual International Arbitration Symposium for 2020 was postponed on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We offer, in its place, a series of three webinars covering the planned topics from last year.  Each will run about 90 minutes and will be free to attendees.

We have added a networking session immediately following each webinar – each panelist will conduct a separate break-out session on a selected topic for about 30 minutes following the main program.  This is an opportunity to interact in smaller groups with our panelists and other attendees.

Webinar 3

The Singapore Convention and the Rise of Cross-Border Commercial Mediation: Challenges and Opportunities

May 19, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Eastern/11:00 p.m. Singapore

More than 110 countries around the world now have a national law on mediation. Mediation centers have been established in remote corners of the globe, and mediation trainings and accreditation programs are being offered on an international scale. And in 2008, the European Union passed the Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters. These developments notwithstanding, the reality is that compared to arbitration, cross-border and domestic mediation are sorely underutilized the world over. Why? Will the Singapore Convention make good on its promise to promote mediation as an effective method of resolving trade disputes?

Keynote Address

Prof. Hiro Aragaki, FCIArb, Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS – Los Angeles, CA


Howard B. Miller, FCIArb, International Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS – Los Angeles, CA


Josephine Hadikusumo, International Mediator and Director, Asia Mediation Centre – Sabah, Malaysia and Singapore
Michael McIlwrath, Former Vice President - Litigation, Baker Hughes Company; Chair – ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services – Florence, Italy
Nina Mocheva, Senior Financial Sector Specialist (Dispute Resolution and Insolvency), World Bank Group – Washington, D.C.
Laila Ollapally, Mediator and Founder, Centre of Advanced Mediation Practice – Bangalore, India


Richard Chernick, Tina Cicchetti, Nathan O’Malley, Steven Sletten


Program Planning Committee

Jeffrey Benz, Richard Birke, Lorraine Brennan, Cedric Chao, Maria Chedid, Neva Cirkveni, Jeffery Daar, Jeff Dasteel, John Garman, David Huebner, Sherman Humphrey, Sun Ah Lee, Grant Kim, Daniel Kolkey, Katalin Meier, Howard Miller, Brian Peck, Charles Pereyra-Suarez, Richard Peterson, Peter Rosen, Jerry Roth, Ana Sambold, Steven Smith, Hon. Abraham D. Sofaer, and Katia Yannaca-Small


Gold Sponsors
Houston Hennigan
William B. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
Gibson Dunn
Chao ADR

Silver Sponsor
Bird Marella
Charles G. Bakaly Esq.

Supporting Organizations
ADR Institute of Canada
California Dispute Resolution Council
California International Arbitration Counsel
California Lawyers Association, International Law Section
Charted Institute of Arbitrators (NA Branch)
College of Commercial Arbitrators
LACBA International Law Section
Northern California International Arbitration Club
Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Centre
Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
USC Gould Center for Transnational Law and Business

Featured People

Hiro N. Aragaki, Esq., Ph.D, C.Arb
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
Howard B. Miller, Esq., FCIArb
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Property
Peter K. Rosen, Esq., FCIArb
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Financial Markets
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
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