Center for International Legal Studies


The Center for International Legal Studies

- "CILS" or "the Center" - is a non-profit research, training, and teaching institute for international and comparative law and practice, registered and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law. Its international headquarters have been in Salzburg, Austria since 1976. Its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge and know-how among members of the international legal community.

International Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium

Thursday, 11 June - Sunday, 14 June 2015

Salzburg, Austria

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Mock Mediation

3.00-6.00 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Cocktail Reception and Tour of the Palace

6.00 pm, Great Hall, Palace

Opening Dinner

7.00 pm, Marble Hall, Palace

Keynote Address: Palestine/Israel Peace Talks

Introduction: Kenneth Fields, Fields Mediation, Phoenix, Arizona

Hiba I Husseini, Legal Advisor to Palestine and Israel Peace Talks, Husseini & Husseini, Ramallah, Palestine

8.30-9.00 pm

Great Hall, Palace

Friday, 12 June 2015


7.00-8.45 am, Marble Hall, Palace

Session 1. Mediation Styles and Culture

Moderator: David M. Cook, The Hardison Law Firm, Memphis, Tennessee

-      Rebooting the Mediation Directive, Robert Dougans, Bryan Cave LLP, London, England

-      The International Academy of Mediators-Straus Institute Survey of Practices and Perspectives of Experienced Mediators, Thomas J. Stipanowich, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California

-      Cultural Aspects of Mediation, Elizabeth Birch, 3 Verulam Buildings, London, England

-      One Size Does not Fit All Rodney F. Page, Bryan Cave, Washington, DC

9.00-10.45 am

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Coffee Break

10.45-11.15 am, Meierhof Lobby

Session 1a. American v. European Style – A Role Play: Particular Situations – Different Approaches?

Moderator: Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, DITGES, Bonn, Germany

-      Acting as U.S. Mediator: Peggy Lansbach O’More, United States Government Shared Neutrals Program, Washington DC

-      Acting as European Mediator: Federico Antich, Studio Avvocato Antich, Florence, Italy

11.15-11.45 am

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Session 2. Mediation Preparation: Client, Counsel and Mediator

Moderator: Kenneth Fields, Fields Mediation, Phoenix, Arizona

-      Mediation Styles – Active or Passive aka Evaluative v. Facilitative, David A. Sleppy, Cathey & Strain, Cornelia, Georgia

-      How Lawyers Should Best Prepare for Mediation: A View from the Trenches, Janice F. Mulligan, Law Offices of Mulligan & Banham, San Diego, California

-      Legal Aspects of Mediation, Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, DITGES, Bonn, Germany

11.45 am-1.15 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof


1.15-2.15 pm, Marble Hall, Palace

Session 3. The Future of Mediation

Moderator: Kenneth Fields, Fields Mediation, Phoenix, Arizona

-      Mediating Corporate Restructurings, Nora Wouters, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Brussels, Belgium

-      The new EU Directive on Enforcement of Settlement Agreements, Federico Antich, Studio Avvocato Antich, Florence, Italy

-      Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, Paul D. Clote, Attorney at Law, Houston, Texas

2.15-3.45 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Coffee Break

3.45-4.15 pm, Meierhof Lobby

Session 4. Intercultural and Psychological Aspects of Mediation – A Podium Discussion

Moderator: Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, DITGES, Bonn, Germany

-      Intercultural Issues, Location and Language: Miryan Weichselbaum-Gharibo, Let’s Agree, Vienna, Austria

-      Social Influence and Persuasion: Jamie Jacobs-May, JAMS, San José, California

-      Techniques to Promote Optimal Decision Making in Mediation: Teresa F. Frisbie, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

4.15-4:45 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Session 5. Mediation in the Perspective of a Business Owner

Moderator: Paul Anthony Smith, Land Court of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

-      Robert Turner, TP Turner PTY Ltd, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

4.45-5.15 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Free Evening


Saturday, 13 June 2015


7.00-8.45 am, Marble Hall, Palace

Session 6. Should Judges/Courts Conduct Mediation

Moderator: David Gladstone, Tel Aviv, Israel

-      Judges as Mediators Colin F. Campbell, Osborn Maledon, Phoenix, Arizona

-      Should Judges Mediate?: The Judge’s Perspective Paul Anthony Smith, Land Court of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

-      The Conciliation Judge under German Law: What is the Experience after 3 Years Christof Siefarth, GÖRG, Cologne, Germany

9.00-10.30 am

Parker Hall, Meierhof

Coffee Break

10.30-11.00 am, Meierhof Lobby

Session 7. How to Prepare a Client for Mediation – A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mauro Rubino-Sammartano, LawFed Rubino-Sammartano & Associati, Milan, Italy

-      Harvey C. Berger, Pope, Berger, Williams & Reynolds, LLP, San Diego, California

-      Martin Doris, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR

-      Samuel Graham, Attorney-Mediator, Austin, Texas

11.00 am -12.00 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof


12.00-1.00pm, Marble Hall, Palace

Session 8. National Perspectives

Moderator: Christof Siefarth, GÖRG, Cologne, Germany

-      The Status of Mediation in Ireland, David Nolan, SC, Dublin, Ireland

-      Arb/Med/Arb as Allowed under Hong Kong’s Arbitration Ordinance, Stephen D. Mau, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, SAR

-      Mediation in Hong Kong, Michael Beckett, City University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR

-      Mediation in Slovakia, Katarína Chovancová, Paneuropean University, Bratislava, Slovakia


Parker Hall, Meierhof


Coffee Break

2.45-3.15 pm, Meierhof Lobby

Session 9. Scope of Application for Mediation Proceedings

Moderator: Kenneth Fields, Fields Mediation, Phoenix, Arizona

-      Mediating Tort Cases, Tamás Fézer, University of Debrecen, Faculty of Law, Debrecen, Hungary

-      Mediation as Part of an Effective Conflict Management System for International Conflicts, Avnita Lakhani, City University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR

-      Mediating Complex IP Cases, Jack Russo, ComputerLaw Group LLP, Palo Alto, California

3.15-4.45 pm

Parker Hall, Meierhof


6.30 pm, Great Hall, Palace

Concluding Dinner

7.30 pm, Marble Hall, Palace

Sunday, 14 June 2015


7.00-10.00am, Marble Hall, Palace

Check-Out and Individual Departure

10:00 am


Attire: Business Casual (dress pants or skirt with shirt or blouse)

CILS' media partner for this event

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Professional sessions will run Friday and Saturday; the symposium concludes with a chamber concert and dinner on Saturday.

Fees will include accommodation, all breakfasts and lunches, cocktails, palace tour, opening and closing dinners, cancellation insurance, professional program, CLE/CPD credits, materials and login rights to online distribution board.

Dress: Business Attire

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