Draft 'Rules of Procedure for Mediation Conducted Under the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization'
Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 17-26, March 2018
10 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 30, 2018
These draft “Rules of Procedure” is to implement the draft Agreement on the Establishment of the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (the ARMO Agreement). In order to have a friendly, swift and peaceful settlement of dispute under the ARMO, the mediation rules are of critical importance. These draft “Rules of Procedure” were prepared to show the possible real operation of the ARMO State-to-State (or Economy-to-Economy) mediation. These draft “Rules of Procedures” include articles addressing the governing rules of the ARMO mediation, the request for mediation, merger of mediation, appointment and replacement of mediators, conflict of interest and disqualification, competence of mediator, venue of mediation, representation and assistance of parties, mediator’s role and duties, mediation schedule and meeting, parties’ participation and cooperation, parties’ written submissions, offer of settlement, confidentiality of information and proceedings, time limit for the completion of mediation, settlement agreement, fees and costs, and conclusion of the proceedings. The rules are flexible enough to accommodate different needs of the parties. Hence, parties still hold the ultimate decision to shape their procedure. But the rules also provide comprehensive basis for the parties and mediators to effectively conduct their proceedings. Hence, the parties can alternatively rely more on the mediators to shape the procedure.
Keywords: Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (ARMO), conflict of interest, disqualification, mediation, Rules of Procedure, settlement agreement
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