Event invitation: IMI International Mediation Soirée, 6 February 2024

On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, the International Mediation Institute is again bringing an exciting program and networking opportunity to the ICC Mediation Week in Paris, France, connecting the international mediation community with local users. Vibrant discussions within two panels will be continued with a cocktail reception.

All ICC Mediation Professionals are invited, as well as IMI and mediation supporters and professionals wishing to exchange and network to advance mediation worldwide.

Registration is free of charge; however, we kindly ask for a donation in the minimum amount of 50 to help us further IMI’s Vision and Mission as an international non-profit foundation established to further Professional Mediation Worldwide and promote consensus and access to justice.

Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with IMI Certified Mediators and members of YMI/IMI Task Forces being given preference. For the in-person format, It will be a cosy event as the venue allows for 50 attendants.

Due to increased demand, the event will be held in the hybrid format and also available for online attendees!

Date & Time:
Tuesday, 6 February 2024
6:00 – 10:30 PM CET (In-person; Doors open at 6 PM; Event begins at 6:30 PM CET)
6:30 – 9:00 PM CET (Online)
In-person: De Gaulle Fleurance and Associes, 9 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris, France*
Online: Link to be shared upon Registration

*The International Mediation Soirée is kindly hosted by De Gaulle Fleurance, courtesy of Pierrick Le Goff, IMI’s Chair. The venue is a 30 minute walk from Espace Clery.

The programme is verified by CEDR for continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing legal education (CLE).


6:00 pm – 6:30 pmRegistrations and networking
6:30 pm – 6:35 pmWelcome Address by Pierrick Le Goff, DGFLA, IMI Chair (France)
6:35 pm – 7:20 pmPanel I: Mediation: Catalyst for International Trade
Moderator: Prof. David S. Weiss, Rutgers University (USA)*
Alya Ladjimi, ICC International Centre for ADR (France)*
Tat Lim, Maxwell Mediators (Singapore)*
Jennifer Brandt, Brandt Law & Mediation (USA)
Laila El Shentenawi, Siemens (Egypt/UAE)*
7:20 pm – 8:05 pmPanel II: New Developments in International Commercial Mediation
Moderator: Angela Herberholz, Herberholz Mediation Services (Germany/France)*
Géraldine Scarfoglière, Alstom (France)
Harold Coleman, AAA-ICDR-AAAMediation.org (USA)*
Manon Schonewille, Mundi Mediatores (The Netherlands)*
Samantha Nataf, DGFLA (France)
8:05 pm – 10:30 pmCocktails and Networking
*IMI Board of Directors Members
Master of Ceremonies: IMI Executive Director Ivana Ninčić Österle

Mediation policy and mediation innovation serves a vital role supporting international trade and trade centers. The first panel will discuss several international frameworks in place on a regional level and how mediation is connecting a bridge to support economic cooperation around the globe. Join us for a robust discussion on the mediation framework supporting national, regional and transnational international trade.

In the second session, esteemed experts in mediation will explore the latest trends and strategies shaping the landscape of international commercial dispute resolution. These include new business models, Mixed Modes, ESG and new technologies. Whether you are a seasoned legal professional or a mediation enthusiast, this session promises to deepen your understanding of the field and provide practical takeaways for navigating the complexities of cross-border disputes.

The 19th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition is taking place from 5-10 February 2024 in Paris, France. The Competition is the International Chamber of Commerce’s largest educational event of the year and a unique networking opportunity. The ICC Mediation Week not only enables university students to practise and excel in negotiation and mediation advocacy while engaging in mock mediations, it is also a unique opportunity for experienced mediators to act as mediators, as well as for mediators young in experience to volunteer as “Mediation Session Supervisors”.

The Competition is proudly supported by the International Mediation Institute and the Young Mediators’ Initiative.

We hope to see you in Paris and online!

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