Pre-register for CPR's Int'l Mediation Competition; Events in AZ, DC, FL, NY, PA, TX, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland
the CPR
September 10, 2019

Welcome to the "CPR DateBook," in which we periodically provide you with details on CPR's upcoming events in one place for easier planning purposes. These mailings will also contain helpful tips, highlights and links to breaking CPR news and initiatives, as well as CPR resources you may want to explore or revisit. CPR is always hard at work to provide information and other tools to help you advance your dispute resolution goals. To print the DateBook, first open it in your browser here.
September 17, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Zurich, Switzerland 
It is no secret that many international contracts in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector contain international arbitration clauses and that according to the statistics of many arbitral institutions, the number of pharma disputes is on the rise. But pharma disputes are extremely varied in nature, encompassing not only patent and licensing disputes but also commercial claims arising from M&A transactions; joint development and partnership contracts; and distribution or manufacturing agreements. Recent years have also seen pharma companies filing investor-state claims to protect their intellectual property and investments abroad. At this event, organized jointly by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), LALIVE and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a panel of distinguished speakers from the pharma and life sciences industries will discuss the types of disputes they face and the extent to which international arbitration today is a suitable means to resolving them. In addition, they will explore how arbitral processes and practices might be improved in order to better address the needs and specificities of the industry and to ensure that – going forward – arbitration continues to be their international dispute resolution mechanism of choice. This event is supported by the CPR Arbitration Committee and the CPR Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee, and will be held in English.

September 19, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Access & Dial-In

Please join CPR for this timely joint Environmental Committee and Insurance Committee Webinar, on topics that affect every company doing busniess today. The event will be moderated by John Bickerman of Bickerman Dispute Resolution, PLLC. Our speakers include Robert Shulman of Paley Rothman and Professor Mike Vandenbergh of Vanderbilt Law School, who will address the risks posed by climate change, the potential for insurance to mitigate those risks and the power of ADR to unite stakeholders and resolve policy gridlock. 

To register, email Richard Murphy at

CPR's Awards Program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Award criteria focuses on processes, techniques, systems, commitment, and scholarship which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties. The review committee comprises judges and lawyers from leading corporations, top law firms and academic institutions across the U.S. For more information on the awards and how to submit, click HERE.
Organized in collaboration with CPR's Canada Advisory Board and the CPR Energy Committee, and hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP, CPR's 2019 Canada Conference will take place in Calgary on October 17, between 8:30 and 11:30 am (with a welcome reception, hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, the night before). 

The theme of this year's conference will be "Horses for Courses: Effective Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector." Speakers and attendees will explore such questions as:
  • What are the differences between arbitration, mediation and expert determination?
  • Are some types of disputes in the energy sector best resolved by one of these mechanisms, or does the success of any particular ADR technique depend less on the subject-matter of the dispute and more on the skill and experience of the neutral selected to resolve the dispute?
  • Should energy companies adopt a systematic approach to handling and resolving disputes?
  • What techniques work best for multi-stakeholder consensus building?
  • What are the latest tips on drafting and implementing multi-step and/or split dispute-resolution clauses?
Resolving commercial disputes in courts in Spain can be unpredictable, slow and costly for disputants. As pointed out in a recent working paper from the Central Bank of Spain, judicial inefficacy can also have a significant impact on business investments. Therefore, it is critical for public administrations, companies and practitioners to consider a variety of alternative mechanisms to resolve commercial disputes efficiently. This, not only to reduce the uncertainty, time, and costs involved in court litigation, but also to avoid losing economic investments which benefit society as a whole.

In this context, the Spanish Cabinet has approved a draft legislation aiming at boosting the role of commercial mediation in Spain by, among other measures, making the holding of an “informative” and exploratory session under the auspices of a trained mediator a mandatory prerequisite to filing a court action in a number of areas.

Join us at this event organized jointly by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), its European Advisory Board (EAB) and Cuatrecasas. Hear a panel of distinguished speakers discuss the current state of dispute resolution in Spain, explore ways to shape its future and share perspectives and best practices with an audience of dispute prevention and resolution professionals from all over Europe and the United States. The program will be followed by a networking reception. (This event will be held in English and will also be available via webinar) 

HERE for more information. Space is limited and registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click HERE.
CPR's Olivier André, with the winners of the 2019 International Mediation Competition

March 27 - 29, 2020
São Paulo, Brazil
As the only international mediation competition held in Latin America, the CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation and negotiation skills through the role-playing of a mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners. The competition convenes students and distinguished ADR professionals from around the globe providing exceptional networking opportunities.

The 2020 CPR International Mediation Competition, which will take place for two days on March 28-29, 2020, in São Paulo, Brazil. The competition will be hosted by Demarest Advogados and will be preceded by a training for students, taking place on March 27, 2020. Pre-registration is open until November 15, 2019.
For more information, ground rules, sponsorship opportunities and to pre-register, please click HERE.
Quality - Not all rules are the same—ours have won awards for innovation. All neutrals aren’t the same either—CPR’s panel of almost 550 mediators, arbitrators and other neutrals is distinguished and dynamic, increasingly diverse and responsive, adjusting in real time to meet the continuously changing needs of our users. And CPR offers personalized, concierge-level consulting and case management services, by highly experienced, accessible and multilingual attorneys. LEARN MORE.

Efficiency and Lower Costs - You may have heard that arbitration isn’t all that different from litigation—that it takes too long and costs almost as much. Well, not all arbitrations are the same. CPR has addressed many of the criticisms and concerns people may have about arbitration. LEARN MORE.

Integrity - CPR offers integrity, neutrality and a commitment to the rule of law, to ensure a fair and just process for all parties to the arbitration. Arbitrators must be independent and neutral—No exceptions. LEARN MORE.

CPR is now seeking applications for the following two positions:

Key support, for a legal non-profit located in Murray Hill, Manhattan, will provide a broad range of marketing functions and support in a small (15 person) but dynamic and collegial office with a highly professional and close-knit team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is smart, well-organized, detail-oriented and will thrive in a fast-paced and results oriented environment.


The Vice-President of Membership and Business Development will have primary responsibility for growing the organizational membership base and for developing new revenue opportunities. The person in this role will work closely with the CEO and Program Leaders to identify prospective members and market other services offered by the organization. The position reports to the CEO and will work closely with senior staff, and the Board's Membership Committee, providing strategic guidance and direction. 

To view both complete job listings, click HERE.


Upcoming CPR events and trainings


September 12, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Employment Disputes Committee Meeting at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in NY and via dial-in. This meeting will feature an interview with Jamie Kohen, Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel of Human Resources Law at JPMorgan Chase & Co. CPR Members only.

September 17, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Mediation Committee Meeting in New York (location TBD) or via dial-in. CPR members only. 

September 19, 2019, 12:00 pm - Joint CPR Environmental Committee and Insurance Committee Webinar, "Risk in the Climate Crisis: Breaking the Policy Gridlock and Insuring for Impact" via webinar and dial-in. CPR Members and Government & ADR Task Force members only.

September 26, 2019, 12:00 to 2:30 pm - Fast Track Rules Revision Committee meeting at Williams & Connolly in New York, in-person and via teleconference. CPR members only. Please RSVP to Helena at

October 3, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Energy, Oil & Gas Committee Meeting at Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan in Houston, TX, either in person or via dial-in. CPR Members only. 

October 11, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York

October 22, 2019 -
CPR Construction Advisory Committee Meeting, Panel Presentation & Networking Event, "Innovative Construction Projects: Philadelphia Edition" at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia.  Program and Networking Reception – Open to Public.
Construction Advisory Committee Meeting – CPR Members Only.

October 24, 2019, 12:30 pm - Banking and Financial Services Committee meeting at KPMG in New York, in person or via dial-in. CPR members only.

October 30, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Government & ADR Task Force Meeting at BakerHostetler, Washington, D.C., either in person or via dial-in, on ADR approaches to government enforcement actions.

November 6, 2019, 5:30 pm - "
Fomenting Change: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution at Work in Brazil and Mexico," a James F. Henry Speaker Series Event at New York Law School

November 12, 2019, 12:30 pm -
CPR Diversity in ADR Task Force Meeting in NY, in person or via dial-in. Location TBD. 

November 15, 2019 -
Submission deadline for CPR's 2019 Annual Awards

NEW: November 15, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at White and Case in New York

November 20, 2019 - CPR Corporate Leadership Award Dinner honoring Ford Motor Co. and General Counsel, Bradley M. Gayton, at Ziegfeld Ballroom, New York.

November 21, 2019, 8:30 to 10:00 am -
CPR Breakfast Program at NYIAC, featuring ConocoPhillips Deputy General Counsel and CPR Board member, Laura Robertson, and other noted speakers during this NY Arbitration Week event

November 22, 2019 -
Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference 

December 3, 2019, 12 pm - CPR Environmental Committee Webinar via webinar and dial-in. CPR members only.

December 4, 2019 - CPR Mediation Committee Meeting. Location TBD. CPR members only.

February 27-29, 2020 -
CPR's Annual Meeting at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Florida. Meeting website launching soon.

March 9-10, 2020 - 13th Annual ABA Annual Arbitration Training Institute at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ. CPR members are eligible to receive the lowest registration rate. CPR's SVP, International, Olivier André, will be speaking.


September 16, 2019 - CEDR Mediation Skills Training, Dublin*

September 17, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 - "
Arbitration in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Sectors" at Lalive in Zurich. Speakers will include new President & CEO, Allen Waxman (formerly of Pfizer). A networking reception will follow.

September 19, 2019, 8:00 to10:30 am - CPR Corporate Counsel Roundtable Series – Oslo, Norway hosted by Advokatfirmaet Hammervoll Pind (By Invitation Only)

HAVE YOU REGISTERED? September 20 - 22, 2019 - CIArb & CPR Joint International Arbitration Training at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto. A three-day program leading to CIArb's prestigious Fellow status. 

September 25, 2019,
The Future of Dispute Resolution in Spain, hosted by Cuatrecasas in Barcelona. The program will be followed by a networking reception

September 26, 2019 – CPR European Advisory Board In-Person Meeting hosted by Cuatrecasas in Barcelona, Spain. EAB Members only.

October 2, 2019 -
CEDR Mediator Skills Training, London* 

October 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm – CPR Canada Conference Welcome Reception Hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary, Canada

October 17, 2019, 8:30 -11:30 am – CPR Canada Conference "Horses for Courses: Effective Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector" organized in collaboration with CPR Canada Advisory Board and CPR Energy Committee hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Calgary, Canada

*Through CPR's collaboration with CEDR, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals can receive a 10% discount on CEDR Mediation Skills and Employment and Workplace Courses. Before registering, contact to receive your discount code.