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INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION SUMMIT 2021 - China - Jiangdong New District.

This year, 29-30 September 2021, the INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION SUMMIT 2021 is organized in China - Jiangdong New District : “Comparison of international commercial dispute resolution mechanisms at this stage”.

Fabienne van der Vleugel, vice-presidente of the 77 committee of the French foreign trade advisor and professor at the University Gustave Eiffel, has been invited to participate on-line, to this session, in order to develop an interesting theme : “Is mediation really a voluntary process”?

May we still talk about a “voluntary process” when mediated parties are invited by a judge to mediate (judicial mediation), are obliged to mediate by contract (ad-hoc mediation) or are legally bound to mediate before initiating a judicial procedure (in France, currently, for conflict that are limited to a certain amount).

Those questions are interesting to be analyzed and compared with practices existing in other countries, in order to understand how mediation is developing and how it may adequate to formalize it – or not – and to impose it – or not.

WHO'S WHO LEGAL France 2021 : nomination Top 4 “most highly regarded”.

WHO'S WHO LEGAL France 2021 (page 60) has published a chapter dedicated to MEDIATION, in its new edition, highlighting “18 outstanding mediators who are recognized for their work handling a variety of complex commercial disputes”.

Fabienne van der Vleugel has been nominated in the top-4 “most highly regarded”.

The review indicates further that “Fabienne van der Vleugel with VDV AVOCATS earns a plethora of recommendations for her first-rate work mediating complex contract and debt recovery disputes”.

List of mediators of PARIS Court of Appeal.

PARIS Court of Appeal has established a list a mediators (individuals and associations) for information to judges. Those mediators have been selected based upon application.

The 2021 directory has been updated and is available on the web site of PARIS Court of Appeal.

Insofar as Seine et Marne (department 77) is concerned, some associations have been selected, amongst which : AMIDIF ("association des médiateurs d’Île de France"), presided by Jean Bernini and whose general secretary is Fabienne van der Vleugel.

AMIDIF association gathers other recognized mediators : Philippe Garnier, Joël Rabier, Gilles de Bailliencourt, Tomas Garcia and Stéphanie Lucas.

Each AMIDIF member/mediator is individually duly inserted in the PARIS Court of Appeal directory (updated version of 2021).

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29th world FORUM of mediation centers, JURISTE INTERNATIONAL, 2021.2, pages 80-81, UIA, Lexis Nexis.

The 29th world FORUM of mediation centers has been again organized in the format of 4 webinairs, during 2 days.

Fabienne van der Vleugel, in her capacity of president of the UIA world FORUM of mediation centers, has written an article summarizing this 29th world FORUM which has been published in the review JURISTE INTERNATIONAL (see attachment).

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"Word to mediators" - Mediation in administrative tribunal in Melun

The new website of the administrative tribunal of Melun has been adapted and includes a new brochure explaining the characteristics of mediation in administrative procedures.

This brochure is very well done.

It contributes to the development of mediation in administrative procedures. Already in June 2018, during the 25th UIA world Forum of mediation centers, the president of the administrative tribunal of Melun, Sylvie Favier, explained how mediation would develop in the administrative tribunal and the specificities of mediation n this field of law.

Some pages of the published brochure contain testimonies of three mediators, amongst others the testimony of Fabienne van der Vleugel, which can be read as follows (in French) :

"La médiation, c’est l’opportunité pour les personnes qui vivent un conflit d’oser se rencontrer, dans un contexte confidentiel protégé par le médiateur, aux fins de fixer elles-mêmes une solution au litige qui les oppose. C’est l’occasion, pour chacune d’elles, de faire preuve d’imagination et de négocier une issue adaptée, pragmatique, globale et définitive, parce que chacune des parties médiées a la volonté ferme d’aboutir. Le juge ne tranchera pas, en droit, le dossier, mais constatera l’accord dont les termes resteront confidentiels, sauf si les parties conviennent de répercuter leurs engagements dans un protocole d’accord transactionnel homologué. Il n’y aura donc pas de possibilité d’appel, ni aucune difficulté liée à des mesures d’exécution forcée, puisque les parties médiées exécuteront spontanément l’accord qu’elles auront convenu. Il y aura, par contre, la satisfaction partagée d’avoir pu mettre un terme au différend de façon rationnelle, et de tourner la page en ayant purgé les véritables problèmes sous-jacents."

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