Invitation to participate in a research survey for businesses on the Enforceability of Mediated Settlements

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) in collaboration with the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University is conducting a research project to collect information directly from businesses for presentation at the United Nations Commission of Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation).  The Working Group is considering whether to adopt a Convention on the enforceability of settlements resulting from international commercial mediation and seeks User input on the issue. The next meeting of the Working Group is in February 2017 in New York City.

The aim of the survey is to explore the views of businesses on whether and how cross-border settlements reached through mediation are enforceable around the world. Delegates to the UNCITRAL Working Group II meetings are interested in this input to help them make informed decisions in their work on such an instrument by having direct input from parties involved in cross-border disputes. At this point comprehensive research data on the subject is practically non-existent because the idea to develop such an instrument is recent.

We reach out to you [to ask your member companies] to express views and share experiences by participating in this short survey (please see below).

The direct link to the survey is:

Please encourage other business users of dispute resolution services to complete the survey by sending them the link. The survey should only be completed by businesses, not their advisers or other third parties, in order to obtain a purely commercial viewpoint

The Survey is also available to complete in Turkish, Hungarian and Portuguese languages at:

It will take only a few minutes to complete, but the information gathered will be very important for shaping the future of cross-border business dispute resolution. 

The collective results of the survey will be shared with you and presented to the UNCITRAL Working Group II.

All data will only presented in the aggregate, and individual responses will be kept confidential. Email addresses, if given in order to receive a copy of the results, will not be shared or disclosed.

If you need any further information and/or have any questions regarding the survey and/or this research project in general, please contact the Research Team at

We very much appreciate your help and looking forward to hearing from you. 

Deborah Masucci, Esq.
Chair of the Board
International Mediation Institute (IMI)

David S. Weiss, Esq.
Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR)
New Jersey City University School of Business


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