CCIAG and IMI to collaborate

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG) have agreed to collaborate on international strategic and operational levels.

The membership of the CCIAG, which was established in 2006 and held its first General Assembly in 2009, comprises in-house counsel dealing with conflict management from over 100 international corporations. The mission of the CCIAG is to represent the views of corporations in relation to the conduct, practice and scope of dispute resolution, and to promote better standards in arbitration and all methods of amicable dispute resolution.

The Chair of the CCIAG, Isabelle Hautot, General Counsel International Expertise & Conflict Resolution, Orange Group, has been elected to the IMI Board of Directors with immediate effect.

Ms Hautot commented on the collaboration between the two organizations as follows:

“Both CCIAG and IMI are non-provider, corporate-led organizations in the global dispute resolution space and their missions are complementary. As companies increasingly move to multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses and press courts and arbitration tribunals for more effective dispute resolution processes, so mediation becomes increasingly important to litigation and arbitration. The collaboration announced today is an important step that will help both organizations achieve their respective goals. That is particularly true for the CCIAG which advocates and works toward a better understanding of the users’ actual needs, and focuses on efficient conflict management and resolution as its main objectives. I look forward to serving on the IMI Board and to a most productive relationship.”

Ute Joas Quinn, of Hess Corporation and Chair of IMI added:

“The Board of IMI has long admired the efforts of CCIAG and warmly welcomes this alliance and Isabelle Hautot’s appointment to the Board. This will significantly strengthen and accelerate the expression of User needs and expectations, as well as User influence, in the development of mediation and other forms of non-litigious conflict management and dispute resolution worldwide.”

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